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Asiana aircraft's landing gear hit seawall first

Tuesday - 7/9/2013, 6:39pm  ET

In this Saturday, July 6, 2013 aerial photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. The pilot at the controls of airliner had just 43 hours of flight time in the Boeing 777 and was landing one for the first time at San Francisco International. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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JOAN LOWY
Associated Press

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators say an Asiana aircraft's landing gear hit a seawall before the tail of the plane during a weekend crash.

The disclosure came on Tuesday during a news conference by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The hulking Boeing 777 crashed during its landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two 16-year-old Chinese girls and leaving at least two other people paralyzed.

The aircraft hit a seawall at the end of the runway, a collision that broke off the tail and sent the fuselage bouncing and skidding across the airfield.


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