BAKERSFIELD, CA.-- Investigators looking into the Boeing 777 crash in San Francisco said flight data recorders show the pilot tried to abort the landing one and a half seconds before the jet crashed Saturday that killed two people and injured 180.
Instead of a routine landing Asiana Flight 214 had an impact landing that resulted in smoke, flames and hole in the fuselage.
The flight recorders are in Washington D.C. and they will be the centerpiece of the investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board said preliminary indications from the recorders show the plane was coming in too slowly and tried to increase speed too late.
"We're not talking a few knots here or there we're talking about a significant speed below 137,” said Debbie Hersman, Chairman of the NTSB.
"We were going back up,” said Benjamin Levy an Asiana Flight 214 passenger. “I thought maybe we'd go back up and start flying again. It felt like slow-motion."
Two 16-year-old female Chinese students on their way to summer camp near Los Angeles were killed.
More than 30 of their classmates and a teacher made it out safely.
Still, 19 people are hospitalized. Six in critical condition. Two are paralyzed.
Officials are thankful so many survived
" I was near the plane and took a look inside and I can tell you it's nothing short of a miracle that we had literally 123 people walk away from this,” said Chief Joanne Hayes-White of the San Francisco Fire Department.
This is the first deadly crash of a Boeing 777. Investigators hope to interview the pilots in the coming days.