Korean-American New Yorkers Mourn San Francisco Plane Crash Victims
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Yorkers with ties to Korea on Sunday were mourning the victims of a plane crash that left at least two people dead in San Francisco this weekend.
Just before 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. In addition to the at least two people killed, dozens of the 307 passengers and crewmembers onboard were injured.
In the Korean-American neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, prayers were being offered for the victims of the crash and their families.
“The tradition that has been brought down there’s a communal sense of — the word is called Han, a sense of pain that we can’t do anything about,” said the Rev. Daniel Cho. “We do feel that pain.”
Cho serves as pastor of the English ministry at the United Methodist Church in Flushing.
“There are a lot of Korean families that travel back and forth during the summer — especially those who have family in Korea,” he said. “For me, my brother is getting married in Korea in October.”
Cho said New York has the second-largest Korean population in the United States.
Asiana Airlines said the passengers onboard the plane included 7 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 U.S. citizens and one Japanese citizen, CBS News reported.
Authorities said the two passengers who died were 16-year-old girls from China.
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