It takes nearly 13 hours to fly from Moscow to Caracas, Venezuela. However, if NSA leaker Edward Snowden decides to accept Venezuela's offer of asylum, it will probably take him a lot longer.
If you look at the logistical challenge he faces to travel there from Moscow, you can see he has no easy option that guarantees his continued freedom, reports CNN's Phil Black.
The direct route isn't an option. That would mean flying through Europe, the same countries that recently refused access to the plane carrying Bolivia's president because it was suspected Snowden was on board.
There is only one path that guarantees avoiding the sovereign air space of countries that might be willing to help the United States get Snowden back. It's a long journey via the Arctic and the Atlantic, around 6,800 miles. A potentially risky flight, almost entirely over water, on one tank of fuel.
At the moment, Venezuela's offer to help only kicks in when Snowden lands on Venezuelan territory. Venezuela has not show the willingness to send an aircraft or money he would need to escape Moscow.
Immediately after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed, passengers started calling 911. The newly released tapes of the calls paint a picture of chaos in and around the plane.
"We've been on the ground I don't know, 20 minutes, a half hour," one caller pleaded. "...there are people laying on the tarmac with critical injuries… We're almost losing a woman over here, we're trying to keep her alive.”
It’s unbelievable, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports, “When a caller says, ‘Look I've just crash landed at San Francisco Airport,’ and the 911 operator says, ‘What runway are you on?’”
Authorities say that there was a very large triage going on near the plane. “But we also know that many individuals ended up near the seawall," says Marquez, "and that's where a lot of the issues came with them not realizing for some minutes there were people who needed assistance there as well.”
Follow along at CNN.com as the story develops.
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