Consul General in San Francisco to determine if any Filipinos hurt in Asiana Airline crash

July 8, 2013 12:05 am 

MANILA, July 7 — The Philippine Consul General in San Francisco is working with American authorities to determine if any Filipinos were included in the Asiana Airlines crash upon landing at the San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), a Palace spokesperson said on Sunday.

In a press briefing aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said initial reports from ConGen Marciano Paynor, Jr. was that no Filipinos were on board Asiana Air, flying in from Seoul, Korea, when it crashed.

But the authorities were still in the process of confirming it.

“Our fellow workers in the Consulate in San Francisco are already there. I think Consul General (Marciano) Paynor, Jr. has sent and dispatched embassy officials to go to the airport to check on if there were any Filipinos in the plane,” Valte said.

“So far negative pa po ang mga reports but they’re still trying to get more information,” she added.

Valte said the Philippines is extending its deepest sympathies and condolences with the families of two passengers who, according to reports, perished in the crash.

“It is very unfortunate what happened. We continue to hope that everybody is safe and we send out our condolences to the families. The last time I checked there were (reports) of two casualties. We send out our deepest sympathies and condolences to them as well as our well wishes for the recovery of the injured,” she added.

A Boeing 777 airplane of Asiana Airlines carrying 307 people from Seoul, Korea crashed upon landing at runway 28L of the San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Officials said 123 escaped without injury and 181 were hospitalized or treated for injuries.

Among the injured, 49 are in serious condition and five, including a child in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

Among the 47 others at the hospital, several were treated for minor injuries, including fractures and abrasions, and were released Saturday night.(PNA)

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