SFO seeks improved emergency response coordination following Asiana crash 

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  • In the Asiana Airlines crash at SFO, three people died and 108 were injured. The airport has released a report detailing areas where it can improve its response to future accidents.
San Francisco International Airport has given itself a mixed review for its response to the Asiana Airlines crash in July, according to the preliminary findings of an internal review released Wednesday.

The evaluation found that there was a “strong sense of commitment” from first responders, effective public communication about the ongoing events and a quick return of airport activities after the Boeing 777 crashed.

Three people died and 108 were injured in the incident.

The review also noted areas that could use improvement.

For one, the coordination between San Francisco and San Mateo County emergency response personnel on such emergencies should be improved, the report said, adding that plans for improved coordination are underway.

It also noted that there should be better coordination of medevac helicopter operations, as well as an adoption of standard triage procedures.

The report said in the future, airport officials will make an effort to keep restaurants open during similar events, use social media to communicate flight change information and work with local travel associations to create distressed travel hotel rates, so as to prevent price gouging.

The airport’s review, which was prompted three weeks after the crash, is separate from the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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