‘Lord have mercy’… planespotter’s prayer as he films doomed plane’s crash

The plane flips upwards as the landing goes horribly wrong. Picture: Fred Hayes via CNN Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/asiana-airlines-flight-214-plane-crash-at-san-francisco-airport/story-e6frfq7r-1226675431955#ixzz2YW1hIpPO

The plane flips upwards as the landing goes horribly wrong. Picture: Fred Hayes via CNN

By FELIX ALLEN

Published: 08th July 2013
The Sun

HORRIFYING video footage has emerged of the moment a doomed passenger jet crashed in San Francisco.

Planespotter Fred Hayes was filming as the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 from Seoul crashed short of the runway then cartwheeled up on its nose before finally coming to a halt in a cloud of dust and debris.

He can be heard saying: “Oh, my God. Oh, Lord have mercy!” as he witnessed the smash from a mile away on the other side of the bay.

Hayes, who was visiting the city with his wife, told how a “thunder-like” boom rang across the bay when the 200-ton jet slammed into the ground.

Smokes rises from Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, John Green)

Smokes rises from Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, John Green)

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214. Picture: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214. Picture: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

An eyewitness photo captures the evacuation of passengers from the Asiana flight. Picture: David Eun/Twitter

An eyewitness photo captures the evacuation of passengers from the Asiana flight. Picture: David Eun/Twitter

Wreckage … miraculously all but two of 307 on board Asiana jet survived

He said: “When I caught the plane coming into view, everything looked fine at first until I kind of fixed my gaze on him, and I seen his nose up in the air.

“And then I just totally locked on him. I thought he was going to take off and go up, and then he just kept going down.”

Two teenage girls were killed, but miraculously the other 305 people on board survived — though more than a hundred were hurt and 49 were today said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Video:

Moment of San Francisco plane crash filmed

ASTONISHING footage by amateur cameraman captures Asiana Airlines flight coming down at airport

The new video emerged online as it was revealed by aviation officials that one of the pilots was a TRAINEE who had just 43 hours’ experience flying the 777.

And reports in the US claimed one of the Chinese teenagers who was found dead in the wreckage may have actually survived the crash – only to be tragically killed by one of the fire engines and ambulances rushing to the rescue site.

Witnesses said dozens of survivors ran from the chaotic crash site after escaping down emergency slides.

Cabin … first picture inside the crashed airliner. REUTERS / NTSB / Handout

Cabin … first picture inside the crashed airliner. REUTERS / NTSB / Handout

Post mortem tests are underway to determine how the victims died, but officials said there were signs one girl may have been run over.

Fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said: “One of the deceased did have injuries consistent with those of having been run over by a vehicle. Many agencies were on the field yesterday.”

The two dead girls were named as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16, from Jiangshan in eastern China.

They were part of a group of 70 Chinese students and teachers on their way to a summer camp in the US.

Ye Mengyuan, left, and Wang Linjia in their classroom in Jiangshan city in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

Ye Mengyuan, left, and Wang Linjia in their classroom in Jiangshan city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

Air safety investigators, who are examining the black box flight recorders, revealed the pilots tried to abort their landing just 1.4 seconds before impact.

Witnesses said it appeared to be flying too low and too slowly as it approached the airport and clipped the sea wall before the runway, leaving a trail of debris as the tail and landing gear were ripped off.

The wreckage burst into flames, leaving a large section of fuselage burnt out.

graphic shows what went wrong

Doomed … graphic shows what went wrong

 

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