NTSB: Pilot initially said not to evacuate plane

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
NTSB: Pilot initially said not to evacuate plane

In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Investigator in Charge Bill English, foreground, and NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman discuss the progress of the investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco. The Asiana flight crashed upon landing Saturday, July 6, at San Francisco International Airport, and two of the 307 passengers aboard were killed. (AP Photo/National Transportation Safety Board)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- Federal safety officials say a pilot initially told passengers not to evacuate an Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed in San Francisco.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that people did not begin fleeing the aircraft until 90 seconds later when a fire erupted.

Officials say the delay occurred as the pilot checked with the tower at the airport.

In addition, investigators said three flight attendants were flung from the plane during the landing. All three survived.

They had said Tuesday that two attendants were flung from the aircraft.

Two passengers were killed and many others were injured in the crash on Saturday.