Asiana Airlines plane crashes at San Francisco airport

Asiana Airlines plane crashes at San Francisco airport

San Francisco : CA : USA | Jul 06, 2013 at 4:30 PM PDT
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Asiana Airline flight crashes on landing at airport. Passengers jump down inflatable emergency slides. TV footage shows pieces of plan and debris on the tarmac

AT LEAST ten people including two children are in a critical condition after an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport.

There are inconsistent accounts on the welfare of the 290 passengers and 12 crew who were on board the plane. Initial newspapers accounts said all had been accounted for, though some were accepted to have endured set alight wounds. However, other localized newspapers outlets are now saying that at least two persons died in the crash.

The San Francisco blaze Department and other local crisis services said they conveyed 33 people to embayment area clinics.

"SFGH healing 10 victims of Asiana Airline misfortune. 6 feminine, 4 male. 8 are mature persons and 2 young kids. Mature person’s variety 20-40yrs. All critical,'' San Francisco General Hospital said on Twitter.

Flight 214 from Seoul smashed into while landing on runway 28 left at the aerodrome at 11:26am local time, government Aviation management representative Laura Brown said. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the Boeing 777 set down and then smashed into.

One traveler on Flight 214 dispatched an image of the plane on communal media seconds after it set down, displaying the crisis chutes established and travelers running away.

"I just smash into set down at SFO. Follow ripped off. Most every person appears fine. I'm OK. Surreal ...'' said traveler David Eun, in a posting to the route social network.

Eun recounted the direct aftermath, posting on the route social newspapers site, "Fire and release people all over the place. They're evacuating the injured. Haven't sensed this way since 9/11. Endeavoring to help persons stay serene. Deep breaths..."

But he soon after posted a more comforting note, saying "Lots of activity here. Associates, pls don't call right now. I'm fine. Most persons are completely serene and endeavoring to let the fire and rescue do their occupations. Just like throughout 9/11, most persons are great and try to be cooperative in crisis..."

Another survivor had an even more affirmative note, telling the Los Angeles Times ""I just want their families to understand, most of the persons appear OK and we're just letting the paramedics do their job."

Multiple observers said the plane had approached the runway at an inapt bend, with some onlookers saying they heard a blaring bang. Local TV position KTVU quoted observers as saying that the planes follow appeared to sheer off as it was approaching in to land.

We saw it strike, the follow smashed off almost immediately upon striking what appeared to be the end of the runway. It kind of did a belly flop landing," Jennifer Sorgen notified CNN.

"There wasn't a huge blast of fire, but this was decisively fire, lots of smoke."

An airplane mechanic who seen the smash into from the airfield also glimpsed the fumes.

"It set down directly, then went to the edge and then all you glimpsed was smoke approaching off it," Adrian John Mirabueno notified the San Francisco Chronicle. "I was shocked for the families, and to tell the truth I've not ever glimpsed anything like it."

Another onlooker said he did not glimpse any blaze before the plane hit the runway.

"You perceived a pop and you directly glimpsed a large, short fireball that came from underneath the aircraft," Anthony Castorani, who glimpsed the air travel land from a nearby hotel, notified CNN. "It started to cartwheel."

Other ones clarified the plane went into a flat rotate round on the ground, as opposed to flipping over.

Helicopter footage showed a trail of debris and blackened pavement starting from the seawall at the very edge of the runway to where the plane eventually came to rest in the dirt between the runway and a taxiway.

A video clip dispatched to YouTube displays fumes approaching from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Travelers could be glimpsed jumping down the inflatable crisis downhill rides. TV footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and parts of the plane lying on the runway.

Fire motor trucks sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage. The nationwide transport security Board said it was sending a group of investigators to San Francisco to search the smash into. NTSB representative Kelly Nantel said that NTSB head person Deborah Hersman would head the team.

Asiana is a South Korean airline, second in dimensions to nationwide carrier Korean Air. It has lately endeavored to elaborate its occurrence in the joined States, and joined the oneWorld coalition, anchored by American Airlines and British Airways.

The 777-200 is a long-range plane from Boeing. The twin-engine airplane is one of the world's most popular long-distance planes, often used for air travel of 12 hours or more, from one countries to another. The airline's website states its 777s can convey between 246 to 300 travelers.

The last time a large US airline lost a plane in a fatal smash into was an American Airlines Airbus A300 taking off from JFK in 2001.

Lesser airlines have had smashes since then. The last fatal US crash was a Continental articulate air travel operated by Colgan Air, which crashed into a dwelling beside Buffalo, New York on February 12, 2009.

The smash into slain all 49 persons on board and one man in a house.

All flights have been hovering at San Francisco worldwide Airport.

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Asiana Airline flight crashes on landing at airport. Passengers jump down inflatable emergency slides. TV footage shows pieces of plan and debris on the tarmac.
Aleeza is based in Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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