Officials now say they have accounted for all of the 307 people on board an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing at least two people. The crash left the runway littered with debris, and forced passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety.
At least 181 people have been transported to area hospitals, 49 with serious injuries.
San Francisco General said they have received 52 patients, including at least 11 children. Five of those patients were reported in critical condition Saturday evening, including one child. Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said 4 other adults and one child who arrived in critical condition have since been upgraded to serious. It was not immediately clear the ages of the children.
For several hours, officials were reporting 60 people unaccounted for from among passengers and crew aboard the flight. However, they now say all have been located. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said of the investigation, “This is a work in progress.”
Asiana Airlines issued a statement that listed the number of passengers and their nationalities: 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 U.S. citizens and 1 Japanese citizen.
The passengers from China included a teacher and 34 high school students.
A spokesperson for San Francisco General said most of the passengers taken to the hospital are Korean-speaking. We are working to get interpreters for them,” she said, “but they are quite critically injured so there is not a lot of discussion with them at this time.”