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Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 3:17 pm | Updated: 10:29 pm, Sun Jul 7, 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who walked out of the back of the jetliner that crashed in San Francisco says he saw the runway from a gaping hole in the back of the plane where the aircraft's kitchen used to be.

Shi Da, a product manager at an Internet company, says he, his wife and teenage son were sitting near the back of Asiana Airlines Flight 241 when it crashed while landing Saturday. The family escaped with cuts and neck and back pain.

Through the dust Da says he could see the ground through the plane's missing tail and galley. He led his family through the hole and they spent the next half-hour on the tarmac watching the plane burn.

Da says he feels lucky they were sitting where they were.

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