2 dead, dozens injured in San Francisco airport crash


2 dead, dozens injured in San Francisco airport crash

CREATED Jul. 6, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal aviation officials say an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco airport.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said two people were killed in the crash. She also said one passenger is unaccounted for, "This is a work in progress."

Hayes-White said the scene has been secured and has been turned over to the FBI. Terrorism has been ruled out.

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

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the plane was coming from South Korea and was supposed to land on runway 28 left at San Francisco International Airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.

The incident happened just before noon on Saturday. Passengers could be seen jumping down the emergency slides.

Pieces of the tail were strewn about the runway.

Fire trucks sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

Federal investigators based in Los Angeles are traveling to San Francisco to investigate the crash.