The first press conference at San Francisco International Airport only confirmed that the airport was closed. There were no official reports released on the number of passengers, fatalities, and injured, etc.
Doug Yakel SFO, had very little information to offer and was barely able answer any questions with information. The crash occurred at 11:30 am. PT and the first press conference was about 2:10 p.m. PT.
Over two-and-one-half hours after the crash and the Public Information Officer at San Francisco International Airport did not have any information about where family of passengers on board the crashed aircraft should gather. The public information officer only could say that Asiana Airline is establishing an area for families. Initially he didn’t even prioritize his answer for the families of the Asiana crash victims. When reporters asked what is being done for the families, he answered that they are being told that passengers are being diverted to other airports. Reporters then clarified that the were referring to the families of the crash victims, not subsequent flights.
Nearly every question asked by news reporters at the press conference were answered with “I don’t know.”
The Public Information Officer answered — almost sarcastically — that he only new that an Asiana Airlines aircraft crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport.
Multiple news sources are reporting possibly two people were killed, 48 to 61 were injured and 292 were on board with 16 crew members.
Yakel called the crash of Flight 214 coming from Seoul, South Korea an incident. He did not have any numbers of injured and uninjured people.
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