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County residents recount jet crash

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 10th, 2013

Flanked by his brother Oliver Stone, students David Schimmel and Brian Thomson, and his fiance, Elena Jin, Elite Martial Arts Academy owner Elliot Brown tells media outlets about their experiences on the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed Saturday. (Photo by Jessica M. Pasko/For the Register-Pajaronian)

SCOTTS VALLEY — After a rough bump as his plane began to land at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, there were a few moments when Elliot Stone thought he and his fellow passengers were out of danger even as he clutched his fiancé’s hand.

Stone and his family members were part of a group of eight people affiliated with a Scotts Valley martial arts school who were on the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed Saturday, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

“We started kind of fishtailing a bit,” Stone recalled Tuesday. “For a minute, we thought maybe we’d be fine.”

Asiana Airlines Flight 214, coming from South Korea, was about 500 feet up from the airport when its speed dropped below the threshold for a safe landing, The Associated Press reported. It continued slowing until just a few seconds before touchdown when pilots realized they needed to speed up. They responded too late, and the plane clipped the seawall at the end of the runway, slammed down and burst into flames.

When that happened, Stone, the 25-year-old owner of Elite Martial Arts Academy, said he and his loved ones fled.

For the complete article see the 07-11-2013 issue.

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