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UPDATE: Official: Asiana flight flew slowly before crash

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UPDATE SUNDAY 7:30 P.M.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal safety officials say the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 were flying too slowly as they approached San Francisco airport on Saturday, triggering a warning that the jetliner could stall, and then tried to abort the landing seconds before crashing.

National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman says the Boeing 777 was traveling at speeds well below the target landing speed of 137 knots per hour, or 157 mph. She says "We're not talking about a few knots."

Hersman says the aircraft's stick shaker -- a piece of safety equipment that warns pilots of an impending stall -- went off moments before the crash. The normal response to a stall warning is to increase speed to recover control.

There was an increase several seconds before the crash, she says, basing her comments on an evaluation of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders.

And she says at 1.5 seconds before impact, there was a call for an aborted landing.

The crash at San Francisco International Airport killed two 16-year-old girls from China and injured dozens of others.

UPDATE SATURDAY 10:30 P.M.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least two people are dead and dozens of others are injured after an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport today.

An airport spokesman says 181 people were taken to local hospitals.

Officials say  307 passengers and crew were on board the flight which originated in Shanghai, China and made a stop in Seoul before its trans-Pacific journey.

The investigation has been turned over to the FBI, although terrorism has been ruled out.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 214 crashed while landing before noon PDT. The top of the fuselage of the twin-engine Boeing 777 was burned away and the entire tail was broken off.

 The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to probe the crash.

UPDATE SATURDAY 7:00 P.M.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said more than 60 passengers were also unaccounted for. She said it wasn't immediately clear where they were, but she said they weren't all presumed dead at this time. She said at least 48 people were initially transported from the scene to area hospitals.

She said the investigation has been turned over to the FBI. Terrorism has been ruled out.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing before noon PDT. Television footage showed the top of the fuselage was burned away and the entire tail was gone.

ORIGNAL STORY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal aviation officials say an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the plane was coming from South Korea and was supposed to land on runway 28 left at San Francisco International Airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.

A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides.

The airline's website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.

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