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NTSB chairwoman: Asiana Plane Parts Found in Water

10:53 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal investigators say they found parts of the Asiana airlines plane that crashed at San Francisco International in the waters of San Francisco Bay.

National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman says the lower portion of the plane's tail cone was found in rocks inside a seawall.

A "significant piece" of the tail of the aircraft was in the water, and other plane parts were visible at low tide.

She says other debris from the seawall was found several hundred feet up the runway.

The plane crashed on Saturday, killing two people and sending more than 180 to hospitals.

Hersman says investigators plan to interview the plane's pilot on Monday. She says the pilot was experienced flying other planes but was working to get his rating on the Boeing 777.

San Francisco fire officials acknowledge that one of their trucks rushing to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said during a news conference that they are "looking closely at this."

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said the body of the girl who might have been struck was found not far from an emergency slide about 30 feet away from where the Boeing 777 came to rest after it skidded down the tarmac.

The other body was found on the runway near where the plane's tail broke off upon impact.

Foucrault said the teenagers' families are expected to arrive from China on Monday, and they will receive the autopsy results before they are made public.

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