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3 die as Asiana flight crashes while landing in San Francisco

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On July 6, the world’s attention focused on Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which departed from Incheon International Airport but crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in the United States.

Of the 307 people aboard the Boeing 777 - including 77 Koreans, 141 Chinese citizens and 16 cabin crew members - two passengers died at the crash scene and a third died in a hospital several days later, while 181 others were injured. All of the deceased passengers were Chinese girls.

This was the third fatal crash in Asiana’s 25-year history. Asiana is Korea’s second-largest air carrier.

The flight attendants’ rescue efforts were praised by others after the crash. Lee Yoon-hye, the cabin manager, was the last person to leave the burning plane and local authorities have called her a hero.

The exact cause of the accident remains unknown. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has taken charge of the investigation and held a hearing on Dec. 11.

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