The National Transportation Safety Board began hearings in Washington this week into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport last July. Flight 214, a scheduled passenger flight from Inchon, South Korea, crashed on final approach to SFO on July 6, 2013. Of the 307 people aboard, two passengers died at the crash scene, and a third died in a hospital several days later. In all 181 were injured in the crash, 12 of them critically. A coordinated response by airport personnel, fire departments, EMS and local hospitals contributed significantly to the survival of many injured passengers and crew members. The most-seriously injured were taken to Level I Trauma Centers at San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford Medical Center. Post-incident reviews have revealed a number of valuable lessons for the EMS community when responding to complex incidents involving a large multi-jurisdictional response.
(photo by Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press)