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S. Korean investigation team interviews pilots

S. Korean investigation team interviews pilots
Emergency vehicles surround the remains of an Asiana Air Boeing 777 on the runway at San Francisco International Airport after it crashed on landing in San Francisco on July 6, 2013. The plane was arriving from Seoul. UPI/Terry Schmitt | License Photo

SEOUL, July 7 (UPI) -- A South Korean team, joining in the probe of the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines plane in San Francisco, has interviewed its pilots, the government said.

A six-member South Korean team, sent to the United States for a joint investigation into the Saturday incident in San Francisco involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214, has interviewed the four pilots of the Boeing 777-200 plane for the first time, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Monday.

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The pilots are currently staying at a San Francisco hotel, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The plane, with 307 people aboard including the crew, had taken off from Inchon International Airport in South Korea. It crash-landed in San Francisco Saturday. Two students, both Chinese, reportedly were killed and another 181 passengers were injured.

Asiana is South Korea's second-largest flag carrier.

The South Korean government said besides interviewing the pilots, its investigation team also sent two of its members to Washington, D.C., for a joint analysis of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.

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