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U.S. officials to visit Asiana Airlines for crash probe

All Headlines 12:00 July 28, 2013

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- A team of U.S. government officials will visit the headquarters of Asiana Airlines Inc. in South Korea this week as part of its investigation into a plane crash in San Francisco early this month, Seoul's transportation ministry said Sunday.

The investigation team, including officials from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), is scheduled to arrive on Monday for a 10-day, on-site probe into the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight that killed three and injured 180 passengers, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The Boeing 777 plane, carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members, crashed on July 6 when its tail hit a seawall at the end of the runway at San Francisco International Airport. Asiana Airlines is South Korea's second-largest flag carrier.

Three Chinese schoolgirls were killed with about 180 others injured in the accident.

The U.S. team, consisting of six NTSB agents and others, including two Boeing officials, plans to visit Asiana Airlines' headquarters in western Seoul and conduct its own investigation.

The purpose of the investigation will mainly be to confirm what they have found from the San Francisco crash site and compare the details such as flight maintenance and pilot training programs, the ministry said.

Officials here will also be taking part in the investigation, the ministry added.


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