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Two dead, 182 injured: San Francisco hospitals respond to plane crash


Last updated on Monday, July 8, at 12:00 p.m. ET

Nine Bay Area hospitals scrambled to treat at least 168 passengers injured in Saturday's crash-landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, Liz Szabo reports for USA Today.

At least 49 passengers had serious injuries from the crash, according to the Wall Street Journal, and two passengers were killed. Roughly 270 people received medical treatment on the scene, and early reports suggested that 230 had some sign of injury, but that figure was revised down across Saturday evening.

Several passengers sustained spinal-cord injuries that will leave them paralyzed, likely from hitting their heads on the plane's ceiling during the crash, Szabo reports.

Crash details
The Boeing 777 passenger jet, which was in transit from Seoul, South Korea, slammed into the airport's runway tail-first, with the plane's fuselage bursting into flames. Aerial photos showed that the jet's roof had been burned away.

Photo courtesy of Handout/Reuters

San Francisco General Hospital—which has the only trauma center in the city—received 53 patients, six of whom were still in critical condition on Sunday.

According to Rachel Kagan, a hospital spokesperson, the passengers' injuries were consistent with the types of injuries you would see in a plane crash or fire … [m]any burns, fractures and internal injuries."

San Francisco General prepared tents outside of its emergency department on Saturday night to accept patients who were not involved in the plane crash. The hospital also brought in additional Korean interpreters to help translate for patients and their families.

"We are putting into practice our disaster training and we are capable of taking care of these people today," according to Kagan.    

Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto—which also is a Level One trauma center—received 55 patients, while its affiliate Lucile Packard Children's Hospital treated seven children. Both hospitals are about 20 miles south of the airport, and patients came through Stanford Hospital's ED in "three waves," a spokesperson said, with injuries that ranged from spinal fractures to internal bleeding. The hospital scrambled seven trauma teams to deal with the emergency. 

Meanwhile, UCSF Medical Center received 15 patients; California Pacific Medical Center received nine patients; St. Francis Memorial Hospital received seven patients; and St. Mary’s Medical Center had taken in five others.

Interactive map of hospitals responding to crash.

According to CNN, 61 of the plane's 291 passengers were Americans. There were 16 crewmembers aboard as well.

-- Dan Diamond

Sources: Szabo, USA Today, 7/8; CNN.com, 7/6;  Wall Street Journal, 7/6; Kane et al., San Francisco Chronicle, 7/6; KTVU.com, 7/6; Batey, SFAppeal.com, 7/6.


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