2 fatalities were reported after an Asiana Boeing 777-28E(ER) crashed while landing at San Francisco International airport (KSFO) Saturday in midday.
Only SFO twitter’s account was operational indicating that Asiana Flight 214 arriving from Seoul had crashed during landing. The airport was subsequently closed to all traffic until announcement that 2 runways would be re-opened by 3:30pm PST.
Cbsnews online indicated that witnesses had seen the aircraft approaching the runway at a weird angle before hitting the ground, causing the tail to completely separate from the rest of the fuselage. Pictures from the crash site revealed that the 777-200 which had come to rest on its belly had been severely impacted by an ensuing fires. With debris strewn around the runway and with tail, landing gear and engines visibly torn off, it appeared plausible that while attempting to land, the aircraft at least momentarily skidded down runway 28L after striking the ground hard with its tail first. Panicked passengers had rushed down the emergency slides to exit the burning aircraft. Of the 291 passngers and 16 crew aboard the aircraft, up to 73 passengers had been rushed to area hospitals with at least 10 reported in critical condition. The destroyed aircraft registered as HL7742 was one of 12 Boeing 777-200ER flying with the South Korean airline after being delivered brand new on February 25th 2006. Cbsnews was also reporting that NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman would be in charge of the team of investigators dispatched to crash site.