Grieved parents of Chinese victims of the Asiana Airlines crash left for the United States Monday afternoon from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Eight relatives of the two teenage girls who were killed, as well as another four relatives of two students who were severely injured in the Saturday crash, boarded a flight bound for San Francisco after traveling from Jiangshan City of east China’s Zhejiang Province.
“We were issued with U.S visas really quick,” said Jiang Li, director of the Publicity Department of Jiangshan government.
“First, we will visit the injured students, and then exchange ideas with the Consulate General of China in San Francisco, before getting in touch with Asiana Airlines Company, and helping the parents deal with the aftermath,” added Jiang.
The flight is expected to arrive in San Francisco on Tuesday.
The 12 people are being accompanied by two teachers from the victims’ middle school and four local government officials.
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 slammed into the runway at San Francisco airport on Saturday morning, leaving two Chinese middle school students dead and 182 other injured.
The two, killed in the crash were among a group of 30 students and five teachers from the Jiangshan Middle School who were traveling to the United States for a summer camp.
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