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Update: SFO Crash Landing

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Updated Story 10pm:

For passengers aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at the end of its cross-pacific flight, there was little warning. Until it landed at San Francisco international airport, Asiana flight 214 had a routine 10-and-a-half hour trip from Seoul, South Korea.

At 11:27 am pacific time the Boeing 777 carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew was on its final approach to runway 28-left. Some passengers said they felt it was coming in too low. Witnesses said the plane's tail struck the seawall beyond the end of the runway before the rest of the fuselage slammed down on the pavement.

Passengers described the wild ride.

"We hit really hard and at that point I think we're gonna fly again but it was just like a temporary trying to take off thing and we crashed back hard." says Benjamin Levy.

"There was a loud noise and the whole plane shook." Vedpal Singh describes.

Another said that the top just collapsed, and a lot of people were injured. The pilot quickly called for help. Bryan Piper saw the crash from a nearby hotel, and used his phone to capture the aftermath.

"I heard the boom, I saw the crash. I reached around to grab my phone (edit) my hands were shaking because I knew this was a terrible crash." Piper describes.

On board, those who could began finding their way out. 

"it starts to sink in. you've had a plane crash, you're ok, you're alive, you're sitting in your chair. and you know, you unbuckle, start looking around. door's not open. let's get out. open the door and start ushering people out." Levy says.

Rescue crews arrived to find the evacuation underway.

"We observed multiple numbers of people coming down the shoots and actually walking to their safety, which was a good thing." says San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White

The accident caused the death of two 16 year-old girls. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be studying the voice and flight data recorders.

 

 


Original Story:

A terrifying trip out in California Saturday. An Asiana Airlines flight made a crash landing in the afternoon at the San Francisco Airport.

Authorities say two people were killed, at least 61 were injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a Boeing 777, which can carry up to 300 passengers.

The flight took off from Seoul, South Korea. Video shows the front half of the plane's fuselage was consumed by fire.

Another video posted to You-Tube showed passengers getting out of the plane by jumping onto inflatable emergency slides.

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