A recording of a 911 call after the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines plane at San Francisco International Airport reveals a delay in getting ambulances to the scene.
On the 911 call (audio below), an unidentified female passenger tells the dispatcher: "There’s been a crash at San Francisco Airport, there’s people injured on the tarmac, seriously injured. There are no ambulances ... We’ve been on the ground, I don’t know, 20 minutes, a half hour. There are people laying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries, we’re almost losing one here. We’re trying to keep her alive.”
It was also revealed today that the Asiana Airlines' pilots did not order an immediate evacuation of the plane, but actually told passengers to remain seated as the plane burned.
According to investigators, the plane was only evacuated 90 seconds later because a flight attendant saw flames, notes Mediaite.com.
“In order to get certified, an aircraft manufacturer has to show that a fully loaded aircraft can be evacuated, fully evacuated within 90 seconds,” said Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairwoman. “What we saw here was that the first doors and slides weren’t opened for about 90 seconds.”