Airliner Crashes on Landing in San Francisco

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

UPDATE 6:23PM:

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. Hospitals report fourty-three injured, at least ten critical and sixty accounted for.

White says several passengers were unaccounted for. She says, "This is a work in progress."

She also says, the scene has been secured and has been turned over to the FBI. Terrorism has been ruled out.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing at 11:36 a.m. PDT
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UPDATE 5:25PM:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman says federal investigators based in Los Angeles are traveling to San Francisco.

At a briefing in Washington, Hersman said she and other NTSB personnel in the nation's capital were expected to arrive in San Francisco on Saturday evening.

Hersman says they have not yet "determined what the focus of this investigation is."

Investigators from South Korea were being invited to participate in the probe.

She says the team's first job will be to collect information and document the accident scene.
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UPDATE 5:19PM:

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. The adult patients range in age from 20 to their 40s. It was not immediately clear the ages of the children.
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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.

Reports say 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.

The airline is based in Seoul, South Korea. Its website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.


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