News Update!!: San Francisco, CA: Latest information regarding the plane crash at San Francisco International Airport.
** Updated at 9:30pm PT on Sunday, July 7th, 2013: **
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed landed then burned upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California on Saturday.
According to San Francisco Fire Department officials and local hospital officials, 2 people died in the plane crash.
According to Asiana Airlines officials, the 2 people who were killed in the plane crashw were identified as 16 year old Ye Meng Yuan and 16 year old Wang Lin Jia.
Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia were both students and Chinese nationals.
At least 182 people were injured and were transported to 9 local hospitals across San Francisco, California as well as hospitals in the California countries of San Mateo and Santa Clara.
From the 182 people injured, 49 people who were seriously injured, 10 of the people critically including 2 small children.
Victims’ injuries included burns, broken bones and internal injuries.
During a Saturday evening news conference, authorities are saying that all passagers are accounted for.
United States President Barack Obama issued a statement praising first responders and saying that the nation’s thoughts and prayers were with those impacted by the tragedy.
The plane crash happened at around 11:30am PT Saturday morning on Runway 28 at San Francisco International Airport.
According to Asiana Airlines officials, a total of 307 people were on board Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea including 16 crew members and 291 passengers including a group of vacationing Korean school children.
Most of the people on board the plane were Chinese, Korean, or United States citizens.
Samsung Executive David Eun was among the passengers on board the plane and after escaping the plane wreck, he tweeted: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. I’m ok. Surreal.”
The plane crash happened as the jet plane was landing following a roughly 10 1/2 hour flight.
Passengers on board the plane reported the pilot of the plane appeared to be landing short of the runway well other passengers reported the plane had problems on approach at approximately 140 knots and clipped a wing on a rock retaining wall.
Witnesses around San Francisco International Airport reported hearding a loud noise, saw the tail came apart from the plane, and watched a large fireball and cloud of black smoke shot into the sky which was visible for miles.
Nearly 200 firefighters from the San Francisco Fire Department and San Mateo Fire Department were on the scene immediately after the plane crash landed and began using foam to put out the fire and undertaking a major triage operation.
At least 2 people were transported to local hospitals by United States Coast Guard.
The 2 people were not rescued out of the water and that United States Coast Guard were there helping in the rescue.
Witnesses around San Francisco International Airport reported seeing passengers evacuating the plane using the plane’s emergency slides moments after the crash.
The San Francisco International Airport was closed and no flights were allowed in or out of San Francisco International Airport for several hours after the crash.
Saturday evening, 2 runways eventually re-opened, but many flights were diverted to the international airports in the California cities of Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to San Francisco International Airport to investigation the cause of the plane crash.
According to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent In Charge Dave Johnson, there is no indication of terrorism.
During a Sunday news conference, National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said that both black boxes, the flight data recorder, and cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 were recovered and are being analyzed at a laboratory in Washington, District of Columbia with some key preliminary information.
According to National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman, the first sign of trouble for Asiana Airlines Flight 214 came 7 seconds before impact where the crew realized they were too slow on their approach to land. The cockpit voice recorder reflected a call to increase speed 7 seconds before the plane crash occurred, which was the first indication that something went away.
“We’re not talking about a few knots,” said National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman adding, “We’re talking about a significant speed below 137 knots.”
National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said that was followed by indications the plane was about to go into a stall four seconds before impact and then an unsuccessful call by the crew to abort the landing just 1 1/2 seconds prior to crashing.
According to National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman, air traffic controllers were unaware of any problems with the landing until they saw the plane hit a seawall before the runway begins.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman cautioned that it is too early in the probe to say whether pilot error or an unknown mechanical issue is to blame for causing the plane crash.
The investigation continues to cause of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 plane crash.