Saturday July 6, 2013, 12:47 pm
Photo taken by passenger at San Francisco air port.
Current Tweeter feed attached at VISIT SITE.
From The New York Tomes:
A plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning after its tail came off while it was touching down on the runway. The plane, reportedly a Boeing 777, was coming from South Korea, according to flight tracking information.
A Boeing 777 operated by the Korean airline Asiana crashed Saturday afternoon while landing at San Francisco International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Images and video posted on social media by eyewitnesses to the crash showed the plane lying on the ground, its nose pointed slightly upward, apparently on fire and billowing smoke. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
The crash could be seen from some distance, and the images appeared to show that the plane had lost its tail and that fire had burned out much of the passenger section of the airliner.
Stefanie Laine, one of those who posted on Twitter that she had witnessed the crash, said the “plane came in at a bad angle, flipped, exploded.”
David Eun, who said in a Twitter message that he was a passenger on the plane, posted a picture of a downed Asiana jet from ground level, which showed some passengers walking away from the aircraft.
Firefighters were on the scene, but there were no reports yet of the extent of casualties. It was not clear how many people were on board. The F.A.A. said it could not immediately provide further details.
Two Asiana flights were scheduled to arrive in San Francisco from Seoul after 11 a.m., according to the company’s Web site. Read at:
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:33 pm
Been watching this for hours as it is permanently being covered on CNN- but I cannot understand why there have not yet been detailed reports.. after such a time by now. I hope there were no injuries or worse.. thx Kit
MsNBC reported early that there are no injuries reported. RT is running up to the minute twitter feeds. One report said that this is the first major airline crash since 2001, excluding the hit on the WTC.
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:09 pm
Funny how some media is always blocked and others is opened, Some people call it being "sheltered" or afraid of mis-reporting and getting a lawsuit. Personally, It makes a difference who is in charge. The CEO has all the say of what is getting "allowed" to the public. Underground coverage is always the truth :)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:19 pm
It's rediculous that even the official spokesperson of the airport was saying practically nothing-when he should have known.. the way that wreck looks it would be a miracle if there were no injuries, you can't get 290 passengers out in just a few minutes..
I understand from listening to one the reporters that so much has been done to improve safety on airplanes that more people can live through them. Of course, this crash happened after touch down, that has to make a difference.
The San Francisco Fire Dept. confirmed to KCBS that there were two deaths and 61 injuries from the crash. The injured were transported to hospitals in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
At San Francisco General Hospital, the region’s top trauma center, officials told KPIX 5 that ten of the injured were critically wounded – including two children.
The plane that crashed was flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, initially said to be a cargo plane – but later was identified as a passenger jet.
The airline said 291 people were on board, including a group of vacationing Korean school children. Eyewitnesses at the airport saw passengers evacuated by emergency slides from the plane after the crash.
The crash happened as the jet was landing following a roughly 10 1/2 hour flight. Two passengers on the plane relayed to a San Carlos relative by cell phone that the pilot appeared to land short of the runway. Other observers reported the plane had problems on approach and clipped a wing on a rock retaining wall.
Witnesses said they heard a loud noise, saw the tail came apart from the plane, and then watched as a fireball and cloud of black smoke shot into the sky, visible for miles.
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:58 pm
I had msnbc on in the background, and clicked to read an article at RT. The banner there said that 2 were dead, so I looked at the TV, and there were no reports of that at all. I was quite surprised to find that international news was giving out more info than our networks here in the US.
I'll bet they find a problem with the system. While computers do most of the flying, they even do most of the landing in weather that isn't optimal. When pilots do a visual approach, they must stop the computer and fly themselves. There was no call from the cockpit that there was an emergency because it happened so fast. I will also mention that some of these airports have terrible approaches that requires experience to handle. More later.....
Sunday July 7, 2013, 10:39 am
When looking at the plane setting there on the ground, I have to wonder how so many survived at all. I got the news bulletin on my computer and turned on the the news channel right away, what a frightening sight. It seems that with all the progress, that somehow they could come up with non-inflammable upholstery and other materials inside of the plane. Hope they do that some day. Thanks for the post, my friend.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:42 pm
Very sad to hear that two teenage girls perished in this tragic accident. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and relatives of these two girls and those that were injured in this crash. I hope that changes can be made to make these planes safer and some day they will be able to use non-flammable materials in airplanes that won't make people sick.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:28 pm
I was told in my textile class that wool is used in airplanes because it smolders and doesn't burn fast like synthetics which would also be toxic.
So much for the theory of sitting in the tail being the safest place. I cringe at the deregulation of air craft controllers..always sounded like a bad idea. However this crash was caused by other situation.
It must be terrible to spend so much time in the air to finally get to the destination only to die.
I pray for a complete recovery for the injured, solace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones. Rest in peace little angels.
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:26 am
Obviously this was a total stuff up all around. I do not trust airline manufacturers and airline shortcuts maintenance procedures anymore. As a dedicated service personal I gave up my job because I could not handle the pressure of a forced signature. I will never ever get on a plane again.