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Rescuers describe harrowing scene at San Francisco plane crash

An unidentified family member of one of two Chinese students killed in a crash of an Asiana Airlines' plane on Saturday, cries at the airline's counter as she and other family members check in for a flight to San Francisco, at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, Monday, July 8, 2013. The Asiana flight crashed upon landing Saturday, at San Francisco International Airport, and two of the 307 passengers aboard were killed. (Photo By The Associated Press)
An unidentified family member of one of two Chinese students killed in a crash of an Asiana Airlines' plane on Saturday, cries at the airline's counter as she and other family members check in for a flight to San Francisco, at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, Monday, July 8, 2013. The Asiana flight crashed upon landing Saturday, at San Francisco International Airport, and two of the 307 passengers aboard were killed. (Photo By The Associated Press)
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Monday, July 08, 2013 02:02 pm
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco fire officials say they encountered smoke, leaking jet fuel and passengers coming down on chutes when they arrived at the Asiana airlines crash scene.Lt. Christine Emmons said at a news conference on Monday that she and her partner ran up a chute into the plane. They found four passengers trapped in the back.

The conditions in the plane were changing rapidly, with the fire coming down on rescuers and the smoke thickening.

Emmons said the trapped passengers were pulled out to safety.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. Two people were killed and more than 180 sent to hospitals.

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