UPDATE: NBC Reporting 2 Dead, *SF GENERAL HAS '10 TO 12' CRITICALLY INJURED FROM JET CRASH
Just over an hour ago an Asiana plane inbound from Seoul, South Korea, crash landed at San Francisco airport. Given the images below, it is a miracle no one is reported dead (among the 291 passengers and 12 crew). An eyewitness noted:
- *AIRLINER TAIL HIT NEAR END OF RUNWAY, EYEWITNESS TELLS CNN,
- *AIRLINER SPUN COMPLETELY AROUND ON LANDING, WITNESS TELLS CNN
As far as they know, NBC reports, the pilot made no distress calls prior to landing and Federal officials indicate no indication of terrorism. The San Francisco airport will be holding a press conference shortly.
Local NBC news is reporting that the plane appeared to power-up as it was landing short and its tail hit the seawall.
as the plane hit the seawall...
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Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg was supposed to be on the flight, but choose United instead. She posted the following on Facebook:
Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family, colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We switched to United so we could use miles for my family's tickets. Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.
Flight path of Flt #214 (via NYCAviation)
And this image tweeted by a passenger who walked away (h/t Samsung Exec David Eun @eunner)
Video of the plane on fire (h/t @360KID Scott Traylor):