A Boeing 777 airplane crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday afternoon killing two people on board.
The tail came apart from Asiana Airlines Flight #214, a Boeing 777 from Seoul, South Korea, as it landed at around 2:30 p.m. eastern time today, according to KCBS-TV. The craft flipped upside down, coming to stop on the runway on its back.
The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed the fatalities and added there are 60 hospitalized.
NBC News says the flight came in "too short" to make a proper landing and may have hit a sea wall at the beginning of the runway. The glide path, a kind of beam that helps guide pilots, was out of service. The language barrier between the air traffic controllers and the pilots on the Korean airliner may also have been a factor.
Two of four runways at San Francisco Airport are reopened. Flights earlier were diverted to Oakland,San Jose. Sacramento and Los Angeles.
NBC News reports the plane did not call in any distress calls prior to landing.
CNNreports conditions were clear and calm at the time of landing.
Los Angeles Times says 48 on board are being treated at hospitals for their injuries. "You heard a pop and you immediately saw a large, brief fireball that came from underneath the aircraft," a witness told
CNN. "It began to cartwheel." Pictures on Twitter initially showed plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.
KTVU reports the plane's roof were charred and ripped off. Witnesses tell
CNN they could see parts falling off the plane as it made its approach. Passengers were coming off the plane using inflatable slides on the side of the plane. A search and rescue was being done of San Francisco Bay with boats and helicopters. Among the passengers on the plane are Samsung Executive and former AOL and Google developer David Eun who began to tweet from the crash scene.
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