3 Filipino-Americans injured in Asiana crash


FIRE OUT. An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is seen on the runway at San Francisco International Airport after crash landing. Photo by AFP

Three Filipino-Americans were injured in the Asiana crash at the San Francisco International Airport last Sunday, July 7, 2013 (Manila time). Two were an elderly couple returning from vacation in the Philippines, and the other a Fil-Am woman and with her two children. The elderly couple was identified by the Philippine embassy in the United States as Ruben Vallero, 75, and Belen Vallero, 73 while the woman is Maricel Anino Knaus. Knaus and her two children were already discharged from the hospital.  The Philippine consulate was earlier told that the flight didn’t carry persons with Filipino passports or Filipino-sounding names, according to the embassy. The embassy said the consulate repeatedly requested access to the passenger manifest of Asiana Flight 214, but was always denied this. It said the Philippine consulate has “anticipated” the possibility that the flight carried Fil-Am passengers, and “has communicated this several times to authorities.”

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