Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco Airport

Added by on July 6, 2013

A 777, crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, seen being attended to by fire crews

A 777, crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, seen being attended to by fire crews

A Boeing 777 is on fire on the tarmac at the San Francisco International Airport. The Asiana Airlines 777 from South Korea reportedly was carrying 290 passengers on board and crashed at approximately 12:15 PST (

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Based on pictures coming in, the aircraft’s emergency chutes have been deployed and aviation experts say the crash ‘is very survivable’. The plane’s roof appears to have been “ripped off” or “burned off”.

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An aviation expert said the plane’s tail may have hit the runway as it landed. An eyewitness said there was no fire as the plane landed and there was no smoke from the plane’s wheels, as normally occurs.

An eyewitness, located in the parking lot near the beginning of the runway said to The Australian Eye News that he the plane appeared to be high in comparison to other landings he saw earlier. The witness said as the plane landed its tail seemed to catch fire at the same time as the plane appeared to slide along the runway.

A Boing 777 that crash landed at the SFO International Airport shown with the emergency chutes deployed

A Boing 777 that crash landed at the SFO International Airport shown with the emergency chutes deployed

Several eyewitnesses said they saw the aircraft’s nose was “very high” – possibly – according to aviation experts, an effort by the crew to keep the 777 in the air. Experts say the accident appears to be similar to the only other accident with this model of Boeing aircraft.

An eyewitness watching events unfold from a nearby hotel said he said the plane appeared to tumble along the runway. The eyewitness’s report is consistent with other eyewitnesses that said they saw the airplane appear to “cartwheel” along the runway.

Further accounts from eyewitnesses say the aircraft appeared to spin while on the ground, not cartwheel as previously reported.

Eye witnesses within the airport said they may have seen people emerging from the aircraft.

Authorities have not yet described where on the aircraft passengers were when the crash occurred.

“Since the tail separated, we don’t know the condition of any passengers that were in the tail section of the plane,” said an aviation expert on the scene.

An Asiana Airlines Boing 777 crash landed at the SFO International Airport

An Asiana Airlines Boing 777 crash landed at the SFO International Airport

Authorities on the scene say passengers emerging from the aircraft ‘are ok’, yet further details are not yet available about the number of passengers that may have survived.

Samsung executive David Eun, who said in a tweet that he was onboard the downed plane said the experience “surreal”, adding “most everyone seems fine”, in reference to other passengers emerging from the aircraft.

The US Cost Guard confirms that they have found a body in the water off the SFO airport. The Coast Guard added they deployed a helicopter to assist agencies in possible rescue efforts.

This is a developing story.

The Boeing 777, the first commercial aircraft designed completely by computer, is the world’s largest twinjet aircraft with a typical seating capacity for 314 to 451 passengers. The 777 went into service in 1995. The 777 has been involved in one accident – on January 17 2008 a 777 crash landed in London’s Heathrow airport as a result of ice crystals forming in the engine’s fuel line.

Asiana Airlines is one of South Korea’s major airlines, with 12 Boeing 777s in its fleet of 80 aircraft.