Politicos react to air crash at SFO

Here’s what some notable politicos had to say about yesterday’s crash of Asiana Flight 214 upon landing at San Francisco International Airport.

From U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:

“I send my deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones in this tragic crash, and my thoughts and prayers are with those who are recovering from injuries.

“I have spoken to the Secretary of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman, and I am confident that this investigation will be complete and thorough to help prevent accidents like this from happening again.

“I want to commend all the first responders and medical personnel from across the Bay Area who have worked heroically to treat the injured and save lives.”

From Gov. Jerry Brown:

“Anne and I extend our deepest concerns and sympathy to the passengers who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 and to their families. We are grateful for the courage and swift response of the first responders whose actions surely prevented an even greater tragedy.”

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco:

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and crew who were on board Asiana Airlines Flight 214. No words can console those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy. All of San Francisco shares in their shock and grief. We will do everything we can to care for all those affected and their families.

“Our city is immeasurably grateful for the swift response of the flight crew who quickly evacuated passengers; for the air traffic controllers who effectively diverted traffic; for the brave first responders and the hospital staff who are ensuring the swift recovery of the injured. Their actions are a testament to the strength, courage, and selflessness that defines the Bay Area.

“Following the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, I will work with the Federal Aviation Administration and the San Francisco International Airport to ensure that our planes are secure, our passengers are safe, and U.S. aviation remains among the safest ways to travel.”

From Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo (via Facebook at 3:24 p.m. Saturday):

“We continue to learn details about Asiana flight 214 from Seoul, a Boeing 777 that crashed at SFO this morning. While many questions remain, we know for certain that the first responders and airport personnell did a superb job securing the scene. NTSB chair Deborah Hersman is on her way to San Francisco and I am confident her investigation will uncover what caused the crash. I witnessed first-hand what an outstanding and meticulous job she and her team did investigating the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in 2010.

“We don’t know how many people were killed or injured. The media is reporting two fatalities and 61 injuries, but SFO officials have yet to confirm those numbers. Looking at the burned out, tailless wreckage of the plane that carried an estimated 300 passengers, It does appear that we miraculously escaped a mass fatality. My thoughts are with the families who still don’t know about the status of their loved ones and all the survivors of this plane crash.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • GV Haste

    Oh God, must these people say anything at all?

    Boxer, (typical check the boxes response)

    1. “I send my deepest sympathies…

    2. “I have spoken to the Secretary of Transportation and … (very productive and with tangible effects)

    3. “I want to commend all the first responders and medical personnel… (typical political knee-jerking)

    There is, no doubt, a iPhone app for these responses.
    No doubt Siri helped Barbara with her heartfelt message.

  • JohnW

    Best was the tweet from mega-wealthy Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, explaining that she and her family were supposed to be on the flight but re-booked on United instead — so that she could use her United frequent flyer miles.

    Love it. Sheryl in 2018 — to replace either Brown or Feinstein!

  • Elwood

    Who gives a flying **** what any of these people think?

    They know less about the matter than I know about Japanese arithmetic.

  • JohnW

    It’s not like they weighed in with opinions about cause of accident. They are Bay Area politicos expressing sympathies and concerns about an event that happened in their front yard and received extensive worldwide news coverage.

    What should they do? Say “no comment?” That would go over big.

  • RR senile columnist

    Other responses: From B. Lee, Ph.D. (Sensitivity Studies) Saddened as I am by this tragedy in my dear friend and colleague Nancy’s district, I wish to commend the wonderful and safe conditions that prevail at Oakland International. And as we grieve for the victims of this terrible accident, let us not forget the daily hardships of our unemployed citizens.
    From Pete Stark(retired): My heart goes out to all the passengers of the “Titanic” ocean liner. Once the cause of the disaster is ascertained, we must act to ensure this does not happen again.”

  • Common Tater

    Real journalists do not parrot the press releases from politicians. They ain’t news.