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Sunday
Jul072013

Crash Survivor Says Announcement Claimed the Plane Had Landed Safely

Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Moments after Asiana Airlines flight 214 stopped its violent crash landing, a voice came over the plane's intercom to say it had landed safely and everyone should stay in their seats, a passenger told ABC News.

Within minutes, however, flames could be seen outside the plane's windows and smoke was seeping into the cabin.

Lee Jang Hyung, 32, was sitting with his wife Lee Jee Young, 33, and his toddler son who is 15 months old in the front row of the plane's economy class section. His parents-in-law were sitting in business class.

Hyung said he and his family survived the crash without injury, but he was clearly shaken by the harrowing close call.

"Just minutes before landing, I looked out the window and realized the plane's angle was strangely tilted. The seawater level did not look right," said Hyung, a Korean citizen who lives near Berkeley. His wife is an American citizen.

"Suddenly, the plane's tail part hit the ground and the aircraft bounced upwards and then bam, it hit the ground again. This time it felt like the entire plane hit parallel, but tilted to the left. That pressure was huge. Very strong. I saw luggage fall from the top. And the plane gradually stopped.

"Until then, there was no warning. The drop happened without a warning," he said.

Still stunned by the crash, he said, "We heard an announcement saying the plane has safely landed and everyone should stay put."

Hyung said he put on an oxygen mask that had dropped down and put another on his young son and ran to the door.

"But I was turned back to my seat by the flight attendants. Right when I came back to my seat, I saw smoke and fire outside the right window. The flames were spreading and smoke started to come inside the aircraft. I grabbed my wife and son and ran to the exit door. By then, they had slides ready," he said.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White said that when the first fire units arrived, three chutes were deployed and passengers were sliding down to evacuate the plane.

"My parents-in-law were on business class and they told us that they saw a stewardess hurt. When the plane made the second crash and all fell loose, some sort of computer machinery fell from the ceiling on top of her when she was sitting at the flight attendants' seat by the door," Hyung said.

"People were trying to help her, they said. My mother-in-law is injured.... both are bruised by luggage that spilled out," he said.

The ordeal didn't end after their evacuation Hyung said he was somewhere in the airport, but he didn't know where.

"They put us on some sort of cargo elevator and we are somewhere at a dirty smelly place. I had to wait five hours with no diapers and no food. After complaining hard, the authorities finally just brought me diapers," Hyung said.

He said the injured were taken to hospitals, but the other passengers "are all waiting for directions."

Later, they were moved to a more pleasant lounge and given crackers and fruit. But they were told that everyone on the plane had to be interviewed by the FBI before they could be allowed to leave.

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Sunday
Jun232013

Moment of Silence Planned for Pair Killed in Ohio Air Show Accident

Hemera/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) -- The Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio will re-open Sunday afternoon with a moment of silence for the wing walker and her pilot who were killed in this weekend's air show crash, an air show spokesman told ABC News.

The moment of silence will take place Sunday at 11:55 a.m., before the show continues at noon. Continuing an air show after a fatal accident is a time-honored tradition to honor the dead.

"The thing is if you would ask virtually any of the air show pilots if something happened to them during an air show what they would want to have done, they would tell you they would want to have the show go on because that's what they live for and that's what they really love," Andy Stanley, a search and rescue pilot, told ABC News' Ohio affiliate WKEF-TV.

In a statement released on Saturday, organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show confirmed the deaths of wing walker Jane Wicker and her pilot Charlie Schwenker.

"The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger expresses its condolences to the families of wingwalker Jane Wicker, 44 and pilot, Charlie Schwenker, 64, whose lives were lost during their performance at the show on Saturday, June 22nd. The FAA and other agencies are currently investigating the accident and results are not expected for several months," organizers said.

Video from the event appeared to show a wing walker sitting on the wing of her single-engine plane as it suddenly crashed into a grassy field at the Dayton International Airport.

"I'm not sure if it was a mistake or if there was a mechanical problem," said Joel John, who witnessed the crash, told ABC affiliate WKEF-TV. "From what I saw the plane was really low, they tried to do a flip and that's where it looked like the pilot lost the balance."

The plane that crashed was licensed to Wicker, an FAA official told ABC News.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.

Kris Nuss had worked with the wing walker and pilot before.

"Absolutely fabulous people," she said. "I was amazed at how much trust both of them had in each other."

A post on the Jane Wicker Airshows Facebook also addressed the crash.

"It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow," the post said. "We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events."

According to her website, Wicker has been wing walking since 1990, when she answered an ad because she thought "it would be an exciting way to enter the air show business."

In addition to being a wing walker and pilot, she is also a full-time budget analyst at the FAA.

A man who answered the number listed on Jane Wicker's website declined to comment.

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