Two confirmed dead in crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul
After a press-conference to discuss the details of the crashed 777 jetliner, there are now two confirmed deaths that are being reported. There were more than 300 people on board the plane when it crashed and burst into flames at San Francisco International Airport.
The crash happened earlier today (Saturday) after the flight flew from South Korea to San Francisco. It is now being reported that at least two people were killed among many injured. At the time this article was published, at least 60 passengers were unaccounted for and stil being investigated.
The flight was Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, the plane came to a stop in a field near the runway after catching fire on the runway. The plane was missing its tail, and black-smoke was billowing from the fuselage which had been ripped or possibly burned off from the crash.
Tons of photos and video were taken after the crash, showing people escaping from the emergency slides and other chutes to escape the flames. During the press-conference the federal investigators said it was too early to determine a cause, NBC news is reporting that, “that the pilot did not make a distress call before landing, and that it appeared the plane came in short and clipped a seawall with its tail”. According to Joanne Hayes-White, the San Francisco fire chief, there were 307 people on board (291 passengers and 16 crew). The fire chief confirmed that there were two deaths and added there were 130 passengers that were taken to hospitals.
At least 10 were critically injured according to reports. NBC also reported that an air traffic control recording that had captured the controller saying, “Emergency vehicles are responding. We have everyone on the way.”
The official statement from the airline on Twitter was that it was investigating the crash and would have news as soon as possible. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today’s incident at SFO,” Boeing said on its Twitter account. “We stand ready to assist the NTSB.”