SAN FRANCISCO– When the Asiana Airlines flight crashed at San Francisco International Airport, passengers fled in all directions from the burning plane.
"You have to imagine the chaos of the scene," said San Francisco Police Department Acting Capt. Dominic Yin.
Some passengers were found wandering, dazed, near the wreckage. Others made a beeline for the international terminal, where they waited for as long as five hours to be reunited with panicked friends and family.
The process was made more difficult, and slower, by a series of screenings conducted by the Transportation Security Administration, police said. Officials spent hours interviewing passengers inside the international departure gates.