Few hours ago exactly 4:46pm, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Seoul crashes while landing at US airport and injuries unknown. The Asiana plane took off at 5:04 p.m. Korean time, about 34 minutes after its scheduled push back from the gate, according to FlightAware, a tracking service. It reached the runway in San Francisco at 11:28 a.m., Pacific time. FlightAware said the route was slightly longer than planned, 7,257 miles over 10 hours and 23 minutes.
Images and video of the crash showed the plane on fire, with smoke billowing from crumpled fuselage, lying on its belly on scrub grass at the airport.It had lost its tail.
As at 4:29 p.m , San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan told KCBS radio in San Francisco that 10 passengers from a jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had been transported to the hospital.
She said the hospital received two children and eight adults, all in critical condition. She said tents were being set up outside the hospital for triage. Read more to see photos and watch the clip
The debris field from the crash began at the seawall at the start of the Runway 28, according to aerial video images. Both wings remained attached but one engine was ripped off. The tail was snapped off some distance from where the plane finally came to rest in the grass off the runway.
The plane was Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, a spokesman for the F.A.A., Lynn Lunsford, said.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said on Saturday it was flight number 214, and it was unclear how many people were on board. The Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the San Francisco International Airport, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said. Brown said the crash occurred at 11:26 PDT (18:26 GMT).
She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.
All flights have been suspended at the airport, she said. Fire engines were on scene and the fire, which had burned through the cabin’s roof, appeared to be out.
A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac and 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.
The aviation agency said it did not know how many people were onboard the plane, but the airline’s website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.
The twin-engine aircraft is one of the world’s most popular long-distance planes, often used for flights of 12 hours or more.
Asiana is a South Korean airline, second in size to national carrier Korean Air. It has recently tried to expand its presence in the United States, and joined the oneWorld alliance, anchored by American Airlines and British Airways.
Firefighters were on the scene, but there were no immediate reports of the extent of casualties, although there were reports that the rescue slides had been deployed and a number of passengers had escaped. It was not clear how many people had been on board.
David Eun, who said in a Twitter message that he had been a passenger on the plane, posted a picture of a downed Asiana jetliner from ground level, which showed some passengers walking away from the aircraft.
An aviation official, who did not want to be identified discussing a fluid situation, said that the plane was not making an emergency landing, and that the situation had been entirely normal until the crash. The cause was also unclear.
Stefanie Turner, who posted on Twitter that she had witnessed the crash, said that the “plane came in at a bad angle, flipped, exploded.”
Juan Gonzalez, the supervising manager at Amoura Café in the airport, said that he did not hear any explosions but was told by airport workers that the tail had snapped off when it landed.
“Right now, there is just a lot of smoke and all the fire trucks are trying to get to the plane,” Mr. Gonzalez said
May God help us o. Let us please pray for the victims and survivors.
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