2 dead, 181 injured as Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco intl airport
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is seen on the runway at San Francisco International Airport after crash landing on July 6, 2013 (AFP Photo/Josh Edelson)
A passenger jet from Seoul, South Korea crash landed at San Francisco International Airport reportedly leaving two dead and 12 injured, according to local media. Firefighters flocked to the scene as clouds of black smoke billowed from the plane.
45 emergency vehicles are on the scene of the accident. People were seen escaping on emergency slides.
Emergency services have reported that 290 passengers, 12 crew members and one infant were all on board the plane at the time of the accident.
Police and fire services say everyone who was on board has been accounted for.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a “Go-Team” to San Francisco to investigate crash landing.
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is seen on the runway at San Francisco International Airport after crash landing on July 6, 2013. (AFP Photo/Josh Edelson)
The plane was a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines flying in from Seoul, South Korea, scheduled to arrive at 11:15 a.m. local time, but was running some 15 minutes late. People are reportedly trapped inside the aircraft according to a police scanner after the “whole tale came off.”
Still from KTVU video
An eyewitness told local station KCBS that the plane looked like it was “at an odd angle” as it was coming in to land.
we saw the rescue slides come out, not sure whether that means there were survivors. the plane completely broke apart, smoke pouring out
— stefanielaine (@stefanielaine) July 6, 2013
The plane “started violently shaking” after it hit the runway at San Francisco airport, and then “rolled over,” a witness told local channel KTVU.
San Francisco plane crash, people have been getting off pic.twitter.com/IsUS6OwjVO
— Isabella Lacaze (@izzy_the_drizzy) July 6, 2013
The fire on board the plane has been registered as third alarm and several ambulances have been dispatched to the scene of the accident.
Still from KTVU video
The airport will be closed for the next couple of hours, according to announcements, and planes will not be flying in or out.
Third alarm called for San Francisco International Airport.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 6, 2013
Some witness said that they were unable to see the plane as it had been completely consumed by smoke. Initially, black and grey smoke was visible, which lightened as firefighters began to bring it under control.
A reporter for local news station KCBS described “A tremendous amount of black smoke on the runway,” initially later stating “it’s more grey smoke at this point.” He said that the plane was a cargo jet rather than a passenger jet, and it was too early to confirm casualties.
However, pictures taken shortly after the aircraft crash-landed seemed to contradict announcements that the plane was a cargo jet.
— David Eun (@Eunner) July 6, 2013
It was later confirmed that it was a passenger aircraft.