Update: Two dead, dozens injured in San Fran plane crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.

A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.

Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

Update: Two people died and dozens were injured - including at least 10 critically when a Boeing 777 coming in from South Korea with more than 300 passengers and crew aboard crash landed at San Francisco International Airport.

It is unclear what caused the Asiana Airlines plane to crash, but officials say terrorism has been ruled out.

The investigation has been turned over to the FBI and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Update:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It's unclear what caused yesterday's crash-landing of an international jetliner at San Francisco's airport, but passengers and witnesses say the plane appeared to come in too low and may have clipped a seawall at the end of the runway.

Asiana Airlines describes the pilots as a "skilled," veteran crew, three of them with more than 10,000 hours each of flight time and a fourth with 5,000. A National Transportation Safety Board team is investigating.

Chinese state media are identifying the two people killed in yesterday's crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco as a pair of 16-year-old girls from a school in eastern China. Their bodies were found outside the wreckage of the jumbo jet.

More than 180 people were taken to hospitals with injuries, 49 of them critical. The flight originated in Shanghai, with a stop in Seoul, South Korea.

There were 16 crew members and 291 passengers aboard, including 61 Americans and 141 Chinese, about half of them students and teachers.


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