2 Left Paralyzed in SF Plane Crash
19 still at SF General Hospital, 6 in critical condition
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2013 2:59 PM CDT
NTSB investigators conduct a first site assessment overnight of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 that crashed at the San Francisco International Airport.   (AP Photo/NTSB)

(Newser) – Two passengers have been left paralyzed in the San Francisco plane crash, which also killed two others—now identified as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16-year-old girls from China. Nineteen victims of the crash remain at San Francisco General Hospital, six of them in critical condition, says Chief of Surgery Margaret Knudson, per Time. Two are being treated for severe road rash, likely a result of being dragged. Others are suffering from spinal fractures and abdominal injuries, probably from being thrown around in their seat belts, says Knudson.

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boxcar
Jul 8, 2013 1:01 AM CDT
Not surprised there were spinal injuries from vertical loads passengers endured when the planes impact was so great to severe the tail section- When we designed avionics for naval aircraft landing onto carriers we had to withstand 20 G's of vertical force where avionics pkg had to remain intact and not come loose in cockpit That's just for hard landings. In this case it was more than a hard landing, it was a bonifide crash landing
viker1
Jul 7, 2013 9:45 PM CDT
Excuse me !! Plane crash to school buses??? REALLY?/ The dynamic forces are so far apart, that not even funny... Now, what were we talking about.....
fractal
Jul 7, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Sounds like planes should be equipped with shoulder harness as well. But then, we don't even bother to put seat belts on school buses, so...