Added by Gary Dunn on July 7, 2013
69 passengers are reported as unaccounted for and 2 people are confirmed to be dead after a South Korean Asiana Airlines 777 crash- landed at San Francisco International Airport.
The Boeing 777 crash landed at 18:27GMT/UTC (11:27 local Pacific time) after witnesses say it hit its tail on rocks located before the beginning of the runway, and with the plane’s nose “very high”. Witnesses say the aircraft appeared to spin, like a toy top, with parts flying off the plane as it skidded along the runway.
The tail of the aircraft separated from the Asiana Airlines 777.
Flight OZ-214 from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco,CA was carrying 307 passengers and 16 crew. Of the accounted-for passengers, 130 were injured and 190 were taken to a nearby terminal.
Of the 130 injured, 22 are reportedly critical; of the 190 passengers taken to a nearby terminal, 82 were taken to hospital with injuries that were considered to be non-serious.
Injured passengers were taken to San Francisco hospitals including San Francisco General, UCSF, and Davies hospital.
At a press conference, authorities say 69 people on the flight remain unaccounted for at this time.
In a recording of the radio communications before and after the crash, the pilot of the Boeing 777 is not heard reporting an emergency or other anomaly before landing. The call for emergency vehicles and assistance was made by a San Francisco air traffic controller.
Authorities say terrorism is not suspected.
The San Francisco International Airport runways were closed immediately after the crash and opened again just four hours later.
The Boeing 777 is the world’s largest twinjet aircraft with a typical seating capacity for 314 to 451 passengers and is the first commercial aircraft designed completely by computer.
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.