San Francisco Plane Crash Horror: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Published:2:46 pm EDT, July 6, 2013| Updated:10:35 am EDT, September 20, 2013|
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A plane has crashed at San Francisco International Airport. According to reports coming from the ground, the plane, "literally broke apart." The plane was carrying 291 passengers, in addition to 16 crew members bring the total on board to 307.

Two people have been confirmed as dead while scores more lie injured and wounded in San Francisco hospitals tonight. Both of the deceased have been confirmed as Chinese nationals and both are 16-year-old girls according Dan Ashley of ABC7.

Here's what you need to know...

1. The Accident Occurred When the Plane's Tail Ripped Off

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The plane was an Asiana Boeing 777 coming from Seoul. It crashed as it came in for landing when the plane's tail seemed to completely come off, reports KTVU.

Flight 214 was due to land in San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. local time, the plane's landing gear was out as the plane was coming in, suddenly the back of the plane ripped off.

There has never been a fatality involving a Boeing 777, and Asiana Airlines was awarded a five star safety rating this year.

The final interaction between the pilots and the tower, with the pilots calling for an emergency, can be heard here:

Anthony Castorani, who witnessed the crash in its entirety told CNN:

You heard a pop and you immediately saw a large, brief fireball that came from underneath the aircraft, It began to cartwheel.

The incident has been confirmed as a crash by Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford, who was speaking to the Associated Press.

Elliot Stone, a passenger on board the flight, told CNN about the moments before the crash:

...right when it appeared to coast for the landing, all of a sudden the engine was off, like you sped up, like the pilot knew he was short. And then the back end just hit and flies up in the air and everybody's head goes up to the ceiling.


2. According to Reports Two People Have Been Killed

The two fatalities have been confirmed by the San Francisco Fire Department. They are both Chinese nationals, Wang Linjia and Yang Mengyuan.

Passengers being brought down slides indicates many survived the accident. According to a passenger, who was on the plane, "Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal."

According to LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein, 48 people are being treated for injuries related to the crash. That number has risen to 70 according to ABC7 reporter Dan Ashley.

CNN are reporting that San Francisco hospital are treating eight adults and two children, all of whom are critical.

According to ABC's Joo Heecho the nationalities of the passengers was 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans and 61 US citizens.


3. The Horror Was Watched by People Waiting to Board Flights

People waiting to board planes at San Francisco International have spoken of their horror at watching the plane come down.


4. San Francisco International Airport Was Shut Down

The FAA has confirmed that all flights to and from San Francisco International were canceled, though two runways are expected to open at the airport shortly. Major delays are expected all across the west coast due to the crash, Oakland Airport is being used for diverted San Francisco flights.


5. A Massive Fire and Rescue Operation Took Place

The smoke from the crash was seen from miles around. Emergency responders were on scene from San Francisco, Redwood City and San Mateo. After putting a layer of foam on the burning plane, they then extinguished the blaze entirely.

The FBI are now on scene, as the San Francisco Fire Department have turned their investigation over to them. According to the NTSB website:

In cases of suspected criminal activity, other agencies may participate in the investigation. The Safety Board does not investigate criminal activity; in the past, once it has been established that a transportation tragedy is, in fact, a criminal act, the FBI becomes the lead federal investigative body, with the NTSB providing any requested support.

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