FAA: Asiana Airlines flight crashes while landing at San Francisco airport
CREATED Jul. 6, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 6, 2013
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.
The Asiana Airlines plane that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday was surrounded by fire trucks.
People were walking around the outer edge of the pool of white foam surrounding the plane.
Debris scattered on the runway and what appears to be a piece of the plane can be seen poking up out of the water of San Francisco Bay.
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.
Reporter pulling into parking lot could see smoke billowing from the plane.
Reporter pulling into parking lot could see smoke billowing from the plane. Police vehicles streaming down the streets. Then a long line of emergency vehicles pulling up to runway.
Reporter says unnamed eyewitnesses said plane was "teetering" as it approached runway. They saw the tail of the plane hit the runway. The nose of the plane was in the air, higher than the tail.
Several eyewitnesses - including some with binoculars - saw the evacuation slides come out but didn't see anyone get on them.
Reporter said view of plane was obscured by smoke when she approached.
Eyewitnesses said trucks pulled up almost immediately.
Stabilizers that help stabilize the plane as it comes in were ripped from the plane.
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