Black Box Shows Boeing 777 Tried To Abort Landing

Black Box Shows Boeing 777 Tried To Abort Landing

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JENNIFER DAVIS
San Francisco

Federal officials recovered the cockpit voice and flight data recorders and sent them to Washington overnight.

We've also learned the identities of the two people killed in the crash, both were 16-year-old students from China.

Dozens of other passengers are recovering from their injuries.

The cockpit voice recorder is giving investigators some early clues about the cause of this crash, as we learn that the jetliner's crew tried to abort the landing just moments before impact.

Black box recordings from the ill-fated Asiana flight give federal investigators new clues tonight.

The boeing 777, was apparently traveling a lot slower on approach than intended:

"I will tell that the speed was significantly below 137 knots and we're not talking about a few knots," says Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairwoman.

The crew tried to increase speed. Then, seconds before the landing, an alarm sounds, warning the plane was about to stall.

Hersman says, "A call to initiate a 'go around' occurred one point five seconds before impact."

But there was no time. Right after that call, Flight 214 struck the seawall that separates the edge of the runway from the San Francisco Bay, slamming hard, losing its tail and leaving a trail of debris.

Within a minute or two, the plane was in flames, carving a gash in the aircraft's roof.

"I can tell you, it is nothing short of a miracle that we had literally 123 people walk away from this," says San Francisco Fire Chief Joanna Hayes-White.

The national transportation safety board is inspecting the wreckage, inside and out.

And we're getting our first look inside the plane: the seats, collapsed. Oxygen masks deployed.

"In your head, everything goes in slow motion, you just don't believe it is happening. you don't know if you're gonna be dead at the end of this slow motion," says a survivor of the crash.

Ntsb officials expect to be on scene for about a week, but they say it typically takes 12-18 months to complete an investigation.

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