Reporting Kate Raddatz
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Recently released 911 tapes from the California Highway Patrol detail the moments after the Asiana Boeing 777 plane crash-landed at the San Francisco International Airport last weekend.
Asiana Flight 214 was almost on the ground Saturday, but then came in too low and too slow . The calls were made after the plane crashed and spun 100 feet. In the phone calls, passengers beg for help to arrive.
“There are no ambulances here,” one woman said. “We’ve been on the ground 20 minutes, critical injuries.”
Another caller, who just escaped the wreckage, describes some of the passengers’ injuries.
“There is a woman out here on the street, on the runway, who is pretty much burned very severely on the head and we don’t know what to do,” the caller said.
The dispatcher tells the woman help is arriving, but the caller says there aren’t enough medics on scene to treat them.
“[A passenger] is severely burned. She will probably die soon if we don’t get help,” she said.
San Francisco officials have said ambulances could not come too close out of concern that the plane would explode.
Authorities have said it’s possible one of the emergency response vehicles may have run over one of the two teenagers killed in the crash. They are investigating the cockpit interaction of two Asiana pilots that were flying, one of whom had seldom flown a Boeing 777 and an instructor on his first training flight.