first_imgAn Asiana Airlines crew member has finally spoken out about the weekend’s 777 crash, explaining she knew moments before the collision that something was wrong.On Saturday, the Boeing plane flying from Seoul to San Francisco crash landed and ended up in flames after coming short of the runway and landing in a rocky area of the water’s edge, News.com.au reported.At a press conference, the 20-year veteran and Flight 214 cabin manager Lee Yoon-hye said something felt off right before touchdown, as though the plane were attempting to take off instead of land.“I was thinking, ‘What’s happening?’ and then I felt a bang,” she said.“That bang felt harder than a normal landing.”She said the moment it happened it was a “very big shock”, but said the bigger shock came when the plane began to sway “to the right and to the left”.In charge of getting passengers off the plane, Ms Lee said her body went into ‘auto’ mode, putting her own safety aside to rescue everyone on board and even ensuring she was the last one to leave the burning aircraft.According to Ms Lee, evacuation was rough even before the fire, with two cabin crew members trapped under evacuation slides, which had inflated inside the cabin, instead of outside.Other crew members used axes to deflate the slides, which appeared to be strangling one of the trapped flight attendants.Utilising other slides, the cabin manager said staff were focused on getting as many passengers down as possible, even sliding down with terrified travellers.Meanwhile, Ms Lee said she was mostly working on putting out the growing fire, and didn’t realise how hurt she was until being treated at San Francisco hospital.”I was only thinking that I should put it out quickly. I didn’t have time to feel that this fire was going to hurt me,” she said.Called in to help assist with the aircraft fire, San Francisco fire chief Joanne Hayes-White described Ms Lee’s actions as heroic.“She wanted to make sure that everyone was off,” the fire chief explained.Investigations into the crash are underway, although Asiana Airlines boss Yoon Young-doo has already ruled out aircraft mechanical issues and speculations the accident may have been cause by inexperienced pilots.An Asiana spokesperson has confirmed that one of the pilots was on his first flight to San Francisco, however, he had over 9,793 hours of flying experience and was accompanied by a co-pilot with 12,387 hours of flying experience.Source = ETB News: N.J. Flight 214 cabin manager tells her story.Image: Jack Chang, APlast_img

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