Asiana passengers initially told not to evacuate after crash

Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:28pm EDT

Passengers evacuate from Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft after a crash landing at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California on July 6, 2013 in this photo courtesy of passenger Eugene Anthony Rah released to Reuters on July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Eugene Anthony Rah/Handout via Reuters

Passengers evacuate from Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft after a crash landing at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California on July 6, 2013 in this photo courtesy of passenger Eugene Anthony Rah released to Reuters on July 8, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Eugene Anthony Rah/Handout via Reuters

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(Reuters) - An Asiana pilot initially told flight attendants not to evacuate a Boeing 777 that had crashed onto a San Francisco airport runway, National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

Passengers were told to stay in their seats, Hersman said. The evacuation began 90 seconds after the plane came to a halt, when a flight attendant saw fire outside the window. The first emergency crews arrived 30 seconds later.

(Reporting By Jonathan Weber)

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