When the pilots realized the plane was in trouble, they both reached for the throttle. Passengers heard a loud roar as the plane revved up in a last-minute attempt to abort the landing.
The flight originated in Shanghai and stopped over in Seoul before making the nearly 11-hour trip to San Francisco.
On Wednesday, other survivors and their family members visited the crash site, where some shed tears and others stood in disbelief. They were kept about 50 yards away from the wreckage, which was surrounded by metal railing.
“What I think I really came for was to meet other fellow passengers and share a bit of our stories,” passenger Ben Levy said. “How we felt and how we got out of that plane.”