2 dead in Boeing 777 crash in San Francisco
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed while landing at the San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning, according to the FAA.
Two people are confirmed dead and at least 10 people are in critical condition, including 2 children, according to officials.
The FAA said the plane – flight 214 – was landing at SFO from Seoul, South Korea when it crashed.
The tail was ripped off the plane and debris was scattered all over the runway. It then burst into flames, burning the roof off the mid-section of the plane.
The cause of the crash is unknown, but the FAA said there was no emergency declared ahead of time. There is speculation that it came in short and the tail hit the seawall, sending the plane spinning.
NTSB chairman Debbie Hersman told reporters said they are launching a full investigation into the crash and Boeing will be a part of the probe.
Boeing 777s can carry up to 450 passengers, however, there were only 307 people on board the plane.
The airport was closed for several hours as rescue crews attended the scene.
Aerial footage showed responding emergency teams surrounding the wreckage of the downed airplane. Fire crews stationed on the tarmac could be seen putting out the flames.
One of the passengers tweeted live updates as people were being evacuated.
“I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…,” David Eun tweeted.
“Fire and rescue people all over the place. They’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9/11. Trying to help people stay calm. Deep breaths…”
All flights to and from SFO have been suspended following the crash. The airport’s website was down Saturday afternoon.
Watch: Video of the crash was posted on YouTube shortly after the crash. Smoke can be seen billowing from the airplane as passengers slide down inflatable chutes.
Listen: What appears to be audio of air traffic controllers communicating with the Asiana pilot and other aircraft was also posted online.
— Peter Pham (@peterpham) July 6, 2013
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