Breaking News: Asiana Airlines Crash in San Francisco
On July 6 2013, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 Flight 214 en route from Taipei made a hard landing on runway 28 at San Francisco international airport.
Rescue services—firefighters and ambulances—responded to the scene.
Passengers exited via air slides. On the video below, it appears the tail is missing. Other video shows the top of the aircraft is charred.
The Asiana Airlines #HL7742 landed hard, slid and/or cartwheeled, and came to rest with landing gear not visible. Debris–apparently the landing gear–is scattered down the runway. Smoke appeared to be coming from the side of the plane opposite from where passengers were exiting via slides. After the plane was on the ground, witnesses saw parts break off and a ball of fire. The attitude of the plane seemed normal but an apparent tailstrike may have damaged systems and limited flight control.
Air traffic to San Francisco international airport has been suspended.
Weather at the time of the accident (11:28 LT / 18:28 Z) was repored as:
KSFO 061756Z 21006KT 10SM FEW016 18/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP097 T01780100 10183 20128 51005
KSFO 061856Z 21007KT 170V240 10SM FEW016 18/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP098 T01830100
The plane’s first flight was 2005-02-25, 8 years 4 months ago and flew with 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4090.
Heard on Twitter:
- Source says no passengers died in San Francisco crash
- Source says two passengers died in San Francisco crash
- Pilots who saw Asiana 777 crash in San Francisco say it landed hard, cartwheeled, erupted in flames.
- A fire truck sprays Asiana Flight 214 after it crash landed at San Francisco airport.
- NTSB sending “Go-Team” to San Francisco to investigate crash landing of an Asiana B-777.
- Asiana 777 fell short of runway, eerily similar to British Airways 777 crash in 2008
- The FAA has said all SFO flights are canceled.
- 18 flights to and from Denver affected.
NTSB Press MEETING
NTSB Go-Team Pre-Departure Press Avail on Asiana B-777 Crash
WHAT: Press Availability with Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman as the NTSB go-team departs to San Francisco to investigate the crash landing of an Asiana Boeing 777.
TIME: 5:30 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Hanger 6 at Reagan National Airport
* A cautionary note: The official investigation of the cause of the crash will take a year or more. No matter what news releases or speculations come about before the official investigation is just speculation. We do not know, for example, if some part or software in the plane malfunctioned, leading the pilots to respond as they did.