An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash landed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (July 6.)
Inbound Flight 214 from Seoul's Incheon International Airport had traveled some 10 hours and 23 minutes across the Pacific Ocean without any reported problems before touching down on the SFO airstrip. It is believed that there were more than 250 people on the flight. At least two people died and 61 were injured, reports local San Francisco news outlet KTVU.
Some of the plane's passengers used the inflatable emergency exit slides to evacuate the smoking and burning aircraft. Amateur footage of the crash has surfaced online. It shows smoke rising from the front and center of the plane and emergency response vehicles dousing the aircraft. No one knows the cause of the crash yet. The plane's tail had been ripped off and initial reports say the plane possibly came in too short for landing with its tail hitting the seawall.
All flights out of San Francisco International Airport were canceled this afternoon, and an investigation is currently underway. Two runways are expected to reopen by the end of day, says the SFO Twitter page. Other incoming aircraft was diverted to nearby Oakland Airport.
Boeing also released a statement via Twitter. "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident at SFO. We stand ready to assist the [National Transportation Safety Board]," it read.
Some of the Flight 214's passengers took to social media to explain the harrowing events. "I just crash landed at SFO," tweeted passenger and Samsung executive David Eun, along with the above photo of passengers exited the plane. "Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal..."