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Shanghai tourists on plane said to be safe

ONE tourist from Shanghai is known to have suffered a slight injury but the other members of two tourist groups from the city on board the Asiana Airlines jet that crash landed in San Francisco escaped unharmed.

There was no information about tourists from Shanghai traveling independently.

A group of 23 - eight staff from the Pudong Development Bank and their relatives - were confirmed safe and would be continuing their holiday in the United States, a press officer for the bank said yesterday.

One of the relatives had suffered a "very slight injury" and needed hospital treatment.

Four tourists who had arranged their trip through were uninjured but had lost their luggage and travel documents, the company's press officer said.

It had put emergency measures in place to help them, he said.

The Shanghai tourists boarded the OZ214 flight at Incheon International Airport in South Korea after taking two separate flights with the airline, the OZ362 and OZ368, from the city's Pudong International Airport.

The flights took a total of about 130 passengers to Incheon but it was unclear how many locals were among the passengers.

According to sources with the Pudong International Airport's border inspection station and Asiana Airlines, more than 90 passengers departed Shanghai on the OZ362 flight to Seoul.

Information on the nationalities of the passengers from Shanghai has not been released.

Xu Da, from neighboring Hangzhou City, was on the flight to San Francisco with his family, seated near the tail section.

He described the dramatic incident to CCTV.

"I noticed the plane was flying quite low when landing, and as it was just about to land, the plane suddenly accelerated and the nose started to rise," he said. "But at the time the plane was flying extremely low already."

He added: "I felt a shock. The oxygen masks fell down and a bad smell began to spread throughout the plane. I could also see sparks in the front part of the plane."

On his microblog, Xu said: "My wife and I packed our luggage and took our children to the back of the cabin. I found a big hole and rushed out of the plane with my wife and children."

A photograph of another pasenger taking her luggage sparked widespread criticism when it was posted online. Under the rules, passengers must not take luggage with them because it could damage the emergency slides.

Three flights from Shanghai to San Francisco were cancelled and six delayed due to the accident.


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