Asiana Flight 214: Investigators clear runway, release it to SFO

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The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777 airliner, is seen after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport Saturday. The crash-landing killed two teenage Chinese girls, the airline says.

A runway closed during an investigation into the crash of Asiana Flight 214 was released to San Francisco International Airport on Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted a photo Thursday that showed debris from the accident and announced that the runway where the crash happened had been cleared for use by the airport.

In new developments today, federal investigators said two pilots called for the landing of an Asiana Airlines plane to be aborted seconds before the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport.

NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Thursday the first call to abort was made about three seconds before impact. The second call came about 1.5 seconds later and was made by a different pilot.

Investigators have said the plane came in too low and too slow, clipping a seawall at the edge of the runway. Two people died and 180 of the 307 passengers were hurt.

Hersman also said there was no discussion of the flight's speed during the final approach until about nine seconds before impact.

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