Jul 6, 2013 5:41 PM by KNTV San Francisco - Posted by Zach Thaxton
At least two died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, South
Korea, crashed Saturday morning as it was touching down at San Francisco
International Airport, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency
inflatable slides to safety.
Fire officials confirmed at least two were killed. Preliminary reports
indicated up to 70 were hospitalized. An SFO spokesperson could not
confirm the status of the passengers.
The Boeing 777 was arriving from Seoul, South Korea, at 11:26 a.m. PDT
and crashed as it was landing on Runway 28 Left at SFO.
Early reports indiciated at least 291 people were on board. An airport
spokesman said he did not have a firm number.
Helicopter video of the scene showed a large plane with severe burn
damage to its midsection. The tail section was detached. Runway No. 28
was strewn with debris. The line of debris stretched to the bay.
Witnesses said they saw the plane flip on landing. Some described the
landing as a cartwheel.
An eyewitness described what she saw: "I was sitting on the 4th floor of
at my room at the Marriot, overlooks the runway, saw the plane tumbling,
nose was down, tail in the air, flipped over and landed, couldn't tell
if it was upside down or right side up."
A source close to the early investigation told NBC News that the pilot
did not make a distress call before landing.
Flights coming in or out of SFO have been suspended. Arriving flights
were being diverted to Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Los Angeles.
The flight left Seoul's Incheon International Airport 10 hours and 23
minutes earlier, according to FlightAware, a website that tracks air
Federal sources told NBC News that there was no indication of terrorism.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a full team
to San Francisco. Boeing said it was gathering information.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was supposed to be on the flight, but chose
She posted the following on Facebook:
Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family,
colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were
originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We
switched to United so we could use miles for my family's tickets. Our
flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and
landed about 20 minutes before the crash.
Our friend Dave David Eun was on the Asiana flight and he is fine.
Thank you to everyone who is reaching out - and sorry if we worried
Serious moment to give thanks.