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article imageAsiana Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco Airport — Updated

By Gar Swaffar     Jul 6, 2013 in Travel
San Francisco - Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco crashed on landing. Initial reports indicate there are survivors despite the scene of apparent carnage.
An airliner from Asiana Airlines has crashed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today. FoxNews, CNN, NBC, and the BBC are reporting the crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon.
Flight 214 left Seoul, South Korea for San Francisco, for a 10-hour, 23-minute flight, with at least 291 people on board, which resulted in tragedy this afternoon.
The aircraft appears to have landed short of the runway, with the tail steeply inclined toward the ground, and may actually have struck the seawall at the edge of the runway with the tail prior to the rest of the aircraft hitting the tarmac.
One witness, Stefanie Turner, quoted at NBC stated: “The tail was too low. Instead of coming in flat it was coming in at a 45-degree angle, with the tail far too low,” she said. “It really went through quite a few acrobatics on the runway.”
The amateur video shows the extent of the fire damage to the aircraft, which appears to have begun slowly enough to allow some passengers to disembark the plane, some with their luggage, down the emergency chutes.
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a Go Team to investigate the accident, the NTSB at this time obviously has no idea what happened, but will report periodically as information becomes available.
David Eun, a Samsung executive, was a passenger on the airplane and he tweeted: (from Path)
I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal...
— David Eun at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (Airport)
Local TV affiliate KTVU reports there are two confirmed dead and 61 injured in the crash.
All flights into the airport as of noon were cancelled. No flights were being allowed to land at the airport either. Roads surrounding the airport were also closed.
Eyewitness Stefanie Turner stated that the plane had cartwheeled down the runway; that is however an unconfirmed occurrence. NBC reports one source as saying the pilot had not made a distress call prior to the landing.
While some information has been reported, there is still a great deal to find out before more can be said about why this crash occurred.
Flights originally bound for SFO are being diverted to either Oakland across the Bay, or to LAX in Los Angeles.
Asiana Airlines' website has not yet acknowledged the accident, nor does it have any news posted regarding a full passenger list at this time.
A photograph of the crashed Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport  taken...
A photograph of the crashed Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport, taken by David Eun, a passenger who survived this horrific crash
David Eun
UPDATE 1: July 6, 2013
SFO will hold a press conference Saturday afternoon, which FoxNews will carry live. As of 1545 hrs, PST the press conference is still on hold.
It is also now being reported there were a total of 292 passengers and 16 crew on the plane. 10 people have been reported as injured and are being treated at San Francisco General Hospital and San Mateo Hospital.
UPDATE 2: July 6, 2013 16:20 PM PST
From the press conference, there were 291 passengers, 16 crew.
The FBI Agent on scene, David Johnson indicates "no terrorism" evidence at this time
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stated the situation is "still a fluid and active situation...not everyone has been accounted for"
Two of the four runways at SFO are now open and flight activities have resumed.
UPDATE 3: July 6, 2013 7:52 PM EDT
Two People Dead and More Than 100 Sent to Hospitals After San Francisco Plane Crash
At least two people died after an Asiana jetliner from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, according to the authorities. Pieces of the airplane broke off as it careened down the runway.
As smoke poured from the plane carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members, passengers scrambled out of emergency exits. Roughly 130 were rushed to area hospitals, including 10 people in critical condition, fire officials said. Another 60 people remained unaccounted for hours after the crash, officials said, highlighting the chaos of the crash site and rescue effort. The crash of Flight 214 was the first in the United States since February 2009.
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