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Press Release for Incident Involving Asiana Flight OZ 214 (July 7, 2013 06:30 KOR.Time)


The following information has been confirmed. 

Asiana Airlines flight OZ214 (Aircraft Registration HL7742) departed Incheon International Airport on July 6, 2013 at 16:35 (Korea time) bound for San Francisco. On July 6, 2013 at 11:28 (Local time) an accident occurred as OZ214 was making a landing on San Francisco International Airport’s runway 28.

There were a total of 291 passengers (19 business class, 272 travel class) and 16 cabin crew aboard. The majority of the passengers were comprised of 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 US citizens, 1 Japanese citizen, etc. for a total of 291 people.   

Asiana Airlines is currently investigating the specific cause of the incident as well as any injuries that may have been sustained to passengers as a result. Asiana Airlines will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation of all associated government agencies and to facilitate this cooperation has established an emergency response center at its headquarters.

At this point no additional information has been confirmed. New developments will be announced as more information becomes available. .

■ Asiana Airlines Emergency Response Center: Asiana Town Operational Command Center, Seoul
■ Press Center: Asiana Town, Training Center Room #101, Seoul
   (Dongwon Kim : 82-11-498-5921 / Gyeongtaek Park : 82-17-721-1236)

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It is an international requirement that passengers are instructed to leave bags on board in the case of an emergency. It is a requirement for passengers to comply with these instructions. Anyone who had inhalation injuries is likely to have been hurt, in part, by the delays caused by passengers that collected their carry-on baggage. The injured appear to have grounds to sue those that carried their bags off of the crashed plane.
 
Once again, any landing that you can walk away from is considered a good landing. 
 
Could have been so much worse. Truly a combo of a miracle and very good work by the crew!
 
I've flown Asiana before. Excellent inflight customer service.
 
Excellent job, indeed a miracle
 
Have you listened to the radio recording from SFO tower? There needs to be a universal international radio frequency they can direct all planes to tune to with one command so that the multiple other pilots seeking guidance don't step on the transmission from the endangered aircraft.
 
Randy, are you a pilot?

I agree a universal frequency would be good, but any pilot authorized to operate as ATP into the US should know the basic frequency: 121.5MHz   I think this pilot did the right thing, as did ATC.  All aircraft in the area were already on the frequencies required for their location and phase of operation, so I can't think of anything that really could be changed.  To achieve what you want, which is multiplex radio operation, would require massive and expensive overhauls of all base stations and aircraft to use a digital type radio system (like cell phones), replacing the existing FM "simplex" (only one transmitter can be heard at a time).

Also, I think broadcast on all normal frequencies "All pilots go to abc.x frequency" could cause more confusion than clarity.  That's my opinion anyway.
 
Alex, yes a pilot but just small aircraft. Aren't they phasing out monitoring of 121.5? And that would not generally apply within an airport traffic area.
 
Actually AOPA is asking all pilots to make an appeal to ban the proposal to drop 121.5 monitoring.

So, what would you propose to improve this kind of situation, from both an aviation and a radio propagation perspective?
 
A method that segregates radio traffic with the distressed aircraft from the first minute of frantic re-routing that occurred on SFO tower frequency. Perhaps throw the able bodied over to an established SFO frequency...  marker beacon, localizer, something.....even if it's "listen only" for one minute.  If you've been to Oshkosh you've seen that method at work...
 
+Alex Langley hate to nitpick, but aircraft operate on AM, not FM.
 
Nitpicking is fine. Thanks for the correction.
 
Listening to the ATC recording, my thoughts went "How the bloody hell do they understand each other, the transmissions are so unclear". I needed to switch to a video with subtitles to actually understand what they were saying. ATC needs to be upgraded to better quality systems, because taking appropriate actions in emergency might be delayed by misunderstanding or complete incomprehensibility. Perhaps it can be switched to digital transmission on higher frequencies, while leaving the current systems as a backup.
 
+Alex Langley I have multiple thoughts on what can be done to improve survivability, and less injuries.  I do not know if this is the right forum for such a discussion.  For example, US crash tests with different kinds of seat belts have found that lap only with short distance to next seat back, can cause torso to snap forwards, hit seat in front, neck snap back, cause spinal injuries.  If there's advance warning, passengers are trained to lean forwards first, grab their ankles, so combination of type of safety harness and training, needs to be right for both advance warning, and no warning.
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