Most Chinese students in plane crash accounted for
Updated: 2013-07-07 13:56
SHANGHAI - It has been confirmed that 70 students and teachers on a plane that crashed while landing in San Francisco on Saturday are from North China's Shanxi province and East China's Zhejiang province, local authorities said Sunday.
Thirty of the students and five teachers aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 are from Shanxi province, the provincial education department said Sunday.
The students and teachers from Taiyuan No 5 Middle School and Taiyuan No 1 Foreign Language School were going to the United States to take part in a summer camp. It has been confirmed that none of the students were injured, and they have all gotten in touch with their parents.
Only one teacher suffered minor injuries, the department said.
Zhejiang's education department and the city of Jiangshan on Sunday confirmed that a 35-member group from a middle school in Jiangshan city were on board the same flight. They were also going to a summer camp.
All but two of them have been confirmed safe.
The department did not release the specific numbers of teachers and students in the group.
According to sources with Shanghai Pudong International Airport's border inspection station and Asiana Airlines, more than 90 passengers departed Shanghai on Asiana Airlines Flight OZ362 to Seoul, and then transferred to Flight 214 to San Francisco on Saturday.
Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport.
Two Chinese citizens died in the crash, Yonhap News Agency reported, quoting South Korea's transportation ministry.
It also said the plane was carrying 291 passengers at the time of the accident, including 141 Chinese citizens.