Asiana Airlines plane crashes at San Francisco Airport, 2 passengers dead (Video)

By on Jul 7, 2013 in United States Comments

An Asiana Airlines plane crashes at the San Francisco International Airport this Saturday, July 6, 2013, leaving 2 passengers dead. The troubled Boeing 777 plane flight 214 arrived from Seoul, South Korea, and crashed while landing on the said airport at around 11:30 a.m., local time, CNN reported. At least 181 people were rushed to the nearest hospitals.

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Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco airport
Credit: CBS News video

San Francisco fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told reports that more than 180 others injured, while the South Korean transport ministry confirmed that the two fatalities are Chinese passport holders. Witnesses said that the plane had a hard landing, as its tail striking runway 28 behind Terminal 2 and eventually breaking off. Passengers jumped down the plane for safety using the inflatable slides.

Asiana Airlines released a statement saying that the passengers on that plane consist of including 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 U.S. citizens, and 1 Japanese citizen, while some news reported that the plane had 291 passengers. The Chinese passengers included one teacher and 34 high school students. Witnesses and passengers posted photos online, and news agencies such as CBS News posted videos.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) noted that it will send a investigative team to the airport, which will be led by NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. “We have not determined what the focus of this investigation is yet. … Everything is on the table at this point.” Hersman told reporters. Nonetheless, the FBI stressed out that there was no evidence that the incident is not an act of terrorism.

Due to the incident, the San Francisco International Airport was closed for several hours, and the flights were diverted to Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Seattle. Two runways were reopened at around 3:30 p.m. PT.

Asiana Airlines plane crash news report
Video Credit: CBS News

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