Study tours suspended after plane crash

 

Photo taken on July 8, 2013 shows a picture of Wang Linjia (right 王琳佳 ) and Ye Mengyuan 

(left 叶梦圆on a mobile phone, at Jiangshan Middle School in Jiangshan, east China’s

Zhejiang Province. Two Chinese passengers, Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, were killed

in a crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at the San Francisco airport on

Saturday morning of July 6, 2013. The two girls are both students of Jiangshan Middle 

School. Their family  members headed for the United States on Monday of AJuly 8, 2013.  

Photo by Han Chuanhao

 

 

 

Study tours suspended

after plane crash

 

By Hu Tao, Yu Jingjing and Feng Yuan

 

Overseas study tours have been suspended after last Saturday’s plane crash in San Francisco, which killed two Chinese girls from east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Quzhou Municipal Education Bureau in Zhejiang has told schools and related agent institutions to suspend all summer camps and study tours.

Two teenage girls from a middle school in Jiangshan City of Quzhou, died after an Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed, with 141 Chinese citizens among 291 passengers aboard.

Further measures to regulate study tours will be released soon, according to the Zhejiang Provincial Education Department.

The news shocked parents, whose children were onboard the flight.

Besides the students from Jiangshan, there were also six teachers and 30 pupils from north China’s Shanxi Province on the plane.

“The incident was accidental, and we have no complaints against the school,” said a man surnamed Mao, the father of a Jiangshan Middle School student, who was part of a team of 30 pupils and four teachers.

Mao said, “I have learnt that my child is safe. I wish a safe journey back for all of them.”

On Monday, a total of 12 parents — including those of the two teenage girls killed and another two injured — will travel to Shanghai before flying to San Francisco.

“It was a disastrous accident for Jiangshan Middle School. We are deeply saddened,” said Zheng Liming, the school’s vice principal.

The girls who died had just become president and deputy president of the school television station, said Zheng.

Jiangshan Middle School started summer camps, or study tours, with Zhenjiang-based Boyue international communication consulting services company in 2006.

Parents pay about 30,000 yuan (about 4,839 U.S. dollars) to send their children on a two-week study tour to the United States.

Many parents of China’s middle school students had few opportunities to gain a higher education or overseas study. Therefore, parents are willing to pay to send their children on an overseas trip and “realize their own dreams.”

“Parents send their children to see the world and gain experience abroad,” said Mao.

For Mao the school team is more reliable than other agents when it comes to organizing study tours.

However, some study tour camps have been blamed as being “too commercial or businesslike.” Some agents try to persuade schools with tours by offering “free seats for teachers” and “teachers’ costs will be covered by fees paid by students,” according to an anonymous parent in Zhejiang Province’s capital Hangzhou.

The study tour program has become very competitive among travel agencies and training institutions.

To make up a team, some teachers will persuade students and their parents to enrol as a trip offers many benefits to the children, said another anonymous parent in Hangzhou.

Some netizens said people should pay more attention to aviation safety as the plane accident had no direct links with the issue of study tours.

“It is quite normal for foreign students to take a ‘gap year’ or study tour to appreciate different cultures, learning to understand and respect people from various backgrounds,” said a netizen named “Kukuyuyu” on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

Problems and progress coexist. School-organized summer camps are more reliable and trustworthy than those run by commercial institutions, said a netizen named “Pighao555.”

China’s burgeoning market of study tours should focus purely on educational enhancement. Governments are expected to regulate and standardize the market, but not stop it arbitrarily, said a middle school official surnamed Lou in Hangzhou.

 

 

Pray for Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan

 

Students fly Kongming lanterns to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan,

two girls killed in a crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco airport,

by the riverside in Jiangshan City, east China’s Zhejiang Province,on  July 8, 2013. Local 

residents gathered at Xujiang Park in Jiangshan to show their grief to the 17-year-old Wang 

and 16-year-old Ye, who were students from Jiangshan High School.   Photo by Han Chuanhao

 

 

Students fly a Kongming lantern, a small hot-air paper balloon, to pray for Wang Jialin and

Ye Mengyuan in Jiangshan City, east China’s Zhejiang Province, on  July 8, 2013.

Photo by Huang Shuifu


People light candles to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan in Jiangshan City,

east China’s Zhejiang Province, on July 8, 2013. Local residents gathered at Xujiang Park

in Jiangshan to show their grief to the 17-year-old Wang and 16-year-old Yeon July 8, 2013.

Photo by Huang Shuifu  

 

Students cry as mourning the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan in Jiangshan City,

east China’s Zhejiang Province on July 8, 2013.   Photo by Huang Shuifu

 

Students light candles to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan in Jiangshan City,

east China’s Zhejiang Province, on July 8, 2013.   Photo by Huang Shuifu

 

Students light candles to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan, east China’s

Zhejiang Province, on July 8, 2013.    Photo by Huang Shuifu  

 

Students light candles to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan.  

Photo by Han Chuanhao

 

People hold flowers to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan.   Photo by Han Chuanhao

 

Students present flowers to mourn the death of Wang Jialin and Ye Mengyuan.  

Photo by Huang Shuifu

 

People light candles during a commemorating ceremony to mourn the death of Wang Jialin 

and Ye Mengyuan.   Photo by Han Chuanhao 

 

Photo taken on July 8, 2013 shows a hand-written composition by Wang Linjia at Jiangshan

Middle School in Jiangshan, east China’s Zhejiang Province.    Photo by Han Chuanhao 

 

Jiang Jianming, the Chinese teacher of Wang Linjia, sadly puts Wang’s books

away at Jiangshan Middle School in Jiangshan, east China’s Zhejiang Province,

on July 8, 2013.   Photo by Han Chuanhao 

 

 

 

Investigation, emergency settlement

underway after San Francisco air crash

 

By Lu Yu

 

U.S. investigators on Sunday of July 7 unveiled their preliminary findings of the deadly plane crash at San Francisco airport that killed two Chinese teenagers and injured more than 180, as emergency settlement is also underway.

According to U.S. National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman, the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777, carrying more than 300 people, was flying significantly slower than the target air speed of 137 knots before it smashed into a seawall in front of the runway.

Information collected by the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder shows that a stall warning was triggered by the low speed four seconds before the crash, and the pilot asked to abort the landing 1.5 seconds prior to the impact but it was too late.

The chairwoman also told reporters that one of the deceased teenage girls may have been run over by an emergency vehicle, but the cause of death will be further determined by autopsies conducted by the San Mateo County coroner’s office.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said the injured people have been sent to nine hospitals near the airport after the incident, while forty-eight people remained in serious conditions.

The two 16-year-old victims, identified as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, were travelling with a group of middle school students and their teachers from Jiangshan, southeast of China, to take part in a summer camp in the United States.

After the breath-taking tragedy, the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco has set up an emergency team to assist the Chinese passengers and coordinate with the local government on the aftermath of the crash.

Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai has talked to U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, urging the U.S. side to properly resettle the related Chinese personnel and facilitate the families of Chinese victims to deal with the aftermath.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday expressed his great concern over the accident and sent condolences to the Chinese victims and their families.

He also instructed the Chinese embassy in the United States, the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, and the Chinese embassy in South Korea to work all out to accommodate the injured Chinese citizens and survivors, and meanwhile keep in close contact with the U.S. and South Korea.

On the South Korean side, Asiana Airlines President Yoon Yong-doo bowed and apologized over the crash landing at a televised press conference on Sunday.

“I am bowing my head and extending my deep apology” to the passengers, their families and the South Korean people over the crash, he said.

President Park Geun-hye also offered her condolences to the families of passengers and said her government would make all necessary efforts to help handle the aftermath.

Meanwhile, a Southern California school, which was supposed to host the summer camp, posted on its website that they will mark the loss by giving a prayer vigil on Thursday.

The U.S. aircraft giant Boeing company also extended its “deepest condolences” to the families and friends of those who perished in the accident in San Francisco, as well as its wishes for the recovery of those injured.

Boeing said it will join the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board at their request to provide technical assistance to their investigation.

The wrecked Boeing 777-200 is a twin-engine aircraft often used for continental flights because it can travel 12 hours or more without refueling.

An earlier notable accident involving a Boeing 777-200 occurred on Jan. 17, 2008 at Heathrow Airport in London, causing 47 injuries but no fatalities. 

 

 

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