2 Killed, Dozens Injured in Plane Crash at SFO

By: AP Email
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Numbers to Call for Passenger Information:

US: 800-227-4262

S. Korea: 080-669-8000

 

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San Francisco Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Dale Carnes listed the break-down of people on board Asiana Airlines flight 214:

307 - People on board (291 passengers, 16 crew)

181 - People went to the hospital (49 were serious, 132 were transported after triage)

123 - People were uninjured

2 - People confirmed dead

1 - Person unaccounted for

 

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San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White: 

"At this time there are two fatalities associated with this incident."  The plane was carrying a total of 307 people.  About 190 passengers self-evacuated from the plane.

 

SFO Airport Official:

Two runways are open to arriving flights at SFO.

 

San Francisco Mayor Ediwn M. Lee:

"This is still a fluid and active scene."  Mayor Lee confirmed victims of the crash were sent to a total of nine area hospitals.  "We have relayed our sympathy" to the people of Korea and the families of the victims.

UPDATE, Sunday:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - South Korea says two veteran pilots were flying the Asiana Airlines jetliner when it crashed while landing at San Francisco's airport, killing two people.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport says four pilots were aboard and rotated in two-person shifts during the flight from Asia.

Officials say more than 300 passengers and crew members were aboard when it slammed into the runway and caught fire. The two dead were found outside the wreckage. Another 182 people were taken to hospitals, many with minor injuries.

San Francisco's fire chief says authorities have accounted for all passengers and crew members who were aboard the jetliner.

The flight originated in Shanghai, China with a stopover in Seoul.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on the scene.

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UPDATE, 5:55pm, Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say one person is unaccounted for and two are dead in the crash of an Asiana Airline flight.

The flight from Seoul, South Korea, that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said 181 people were taken to local hospitals. There were a total of 307 people on board the plane -- 291 passengers and 16 crew members.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing before noon PDT. Passengers could be seen jumping down the emergency slides.

Pieces of the tail were strewn about the runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to probe the crash.

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UPDATE, 4:26pm, Saturday:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says that there are two dead in the crash of an Asiana jetliner at San Francisco International Airport.

She also said several passengers were unaccounted for. She said, "This is a work in progress."

She said that the scene has been secured and has been turned over to the FBI. Terrorism has been ruled out.

She said at least 48 people were initially transported from the scene to area hospitals.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing at 11:36 a.m. PDT. A video clip posted to YouTube showed smoke coming from a jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the emergency slides.

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UPDATE, 3:25pm Saturday:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco General Hospital says it is treating eight adults and two children who were critically injured in a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport.

Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan says the adult patients range in age from 20 to their 40s. It was not immediately clear the ages of the children.

San Francisco-area broadcasters KNTV, KCBS and KTVU have reported that there were fatalities in Saturday's crash of the Asiana airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea.

But The Associated Press contacted police, fire and coroner's officials and was unable to confirm any deaths.

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UPDATE, 2:35pm:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan told KCBS radio in San Francisco that 10 passengers from a jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had been transported to the hospital.

She said the hospital received two children and eight adults, all in critical condition. She said tents were being set up outside the hospital for triage.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said Flight 214 crashed while landing on runway 28 left at 11:26 PDT.

A video clip posted to YouTube showed smoke coming from a jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the emergency slides.

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UPDATE, 1:55pm:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to investigate the crash of an Asiana airliner.

NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said Saturday that NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman would head the team.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Flight 214 from Seoul to San Francisco crashed while landing on runway 28 left at San Francisco International Airport. Brown said the crash occurred at 11:26 PDT.

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UPDATE: 12:55pm:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.

A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.

Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal aviation official says an Asiana Airlines flight has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford says the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco Airport while landing on Saturday.

A video clip posted to Youtube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides.


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