An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea has crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two and injuring at least 60 passengers. The San Francisco Fire Department has confirmed the number of killed and injured and has said that the number of injured “will go up.”
San Francisco General Hospital has received 10 of the injured individuals, including two children.
Eyewitnesses have reported that the plane made a hard landing and that the tail of the craft broke free after touching the ground.
Other witnesses reported that the plane came in at an “odd angle,” followed by a “huge bang” and a “cloud of black smoke.” The cloud could be seen miles away. Another witness described the crash as a “horrible thud” after which the airplane “bounced” and “slid” down the runway.
Rescue crews were on-site immediately. Fire-retardant spray was used and the craft’s inflatable slides were used to evacuate passengers.
The San Francisco airport has been closed to aircraft, with arriving craft being diverted to San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles
The craft in question is a Boeing 777-200, a long-range jet. It is one of the most popular trans-continental planes. Boeing’s website notes that 777s can carry from 246 to 300 passengers.
The last fatal crash from a major US airline came in 2001, when an American Airlines Airbus A300 crashed from JFK in 2001, though many smaller airlines have experienced crashes since that time. The most recent was a Continental Express flight operated by Colgan Air that crashed into a house near Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 2009. That crash killed all 49 people on board, as well as one man in a home.