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Third death from Asiana Airlines crash

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-12 18:31:57-04

(CNN) — A third person has died from injuries sustained in last week’s crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said Friday.

The Boeing 777 crashed at the airport on Saturday, killing two 16-year-old Chinese girls and injuring more than 180 of the remaining 305 passengers.

An in-depth review of the cockpit voice recorder shows two pilots called for the landing to be aborted before the plane hit a seawall and crashed onto the runway, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

The first internal call by one of the three pilots in the cockpit to abort the landing came three seconds before the crash and a second was made by another pilot 1.5 seconds before impact, NTSB chief Deborah Hersman said.

The agency has begun wrapping up its investigation at the airport and crews are cleaning up the debris left by the crash. Investigators turned the runway back over to the airport. The runway has been closed since Saturday’s crash.

The investigation is slowly shifting back to NTSB headquarters in Washington, where authorities will work to find a more definitive answer about what led to the crash.

The passenger jet’s main landing gear slammed into the seawall between the airport and San Francisco Bay, spinning the aircraft 360 degrees as it broke into pieces and eventually caught fire.

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