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In last 20 years, two Asiana crashes resulted in deaths

By Joe Sterling, CNN
updated 8:19 PM EDT, Sun July 7, 2013
In this handout photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 sits just off the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday, July 7. The Boeing 777 coming from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on landing on Saturday, July 6. Three passengers, all girls, died as a result of the first notable U.S. air crash in four years. In this handout photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 sits just off the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday, July 7. The Boeing 777 coming from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on landing on Saturday, July 6. Three passengers, all girls, died as a result of the first notable U.S. air crash in four years.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Twenty years ago, 68 people died in a crash
  • Two years ago, two people perished in a cargo plane crash
  • Last decade, a collision was averted in LA and a flight landed safely after losing an engine

(CNN) -- Asiana Airlines had coped with a pair of deadly crashes over the past 20 years before a Boeing 777 crash landed in San Francisco and burst into flames on Saturday.

A crash nearly 20 years ago near South Korea's Mokpo Airport killed 68 out of 116 occupants. Flight 733 -- a Boeing 737-500 -- went down in poor weather on July 26, 1993, as the plane was attempting its third landing, the Aviation Safety Network said.

In July 2011, a cargo plane slammed into the East China Sea, killing the only two people on board, CNN reported.

The Boeing 777-200LR has been in service since March 2006

The plane can carry 301 passengers and travel a maximum distance of 9,395 nautical miles

Asiana Airlines operates 71 aircraft and serves 14.7 million passengers annually

The airline was voted Airline of the Year by Global Traveler in 2011

In 1993, Asiana Airlines Boeing 737 crashed killing 68 people

The plane was a Boeing 747-400F. The plane crashed en route from Seoul's Incheon International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China.

At least two deaths and dozens of injuries were reported in Saturday's incident.

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Close call and a lost engine

In August 2004, a collision between Asiana Airlines Boeing 747 and Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 at the Los Angeles International Airport was narrowly averted, CNN reported.

A controller gave the Southwest flight clearance to take off from the runway. But with only seconds to spare, the Asiana pilot spotted the Southwest plane and aborted his landing, saving both planes. An air traffic control error caused the mishap, officials said.

An Asiana Airlines flight landed safely in April 2009 after losing one of two engines following takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, CNN reported. An airport spokeswoman said no one was hurt during the emergency landing. The plane was scheduled to fly to South Korea.

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Minor accidents

Two minor incidents occurred in the United States in November 1998, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 taxiing at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, collided with a parked Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62. There was one minor injury. An Asiana Boeing 747 struck a crane in Jamaica, New York. One person was injured, according to the NTSB.

A Boeing 767 approaching Cheju airport in South Korea had a hard landing in January 1992. No one was injured. An Asiana Airlines Airbus was damaged when the tail struck the runway on landing at Osaka-Kansai International Airport in Japan. There were no injuries in the October 2009 incident.

Asiana, based in Seoul, is one of South Korea's two major airlines. In addition to domestic flights in South Korea, the 25-year-old airline operates in 23 other countries, according to Asiana's website.

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