Update 3: All passengers and crew are now accounted for. Passengers have been allowed to leave the airport and operations are gradually returning to normal in the airport.
Update 2: The San Francisco fire chief, Joanne Hayne-White, has announced that two people have been confirmed dead, dozens injured while 60 people are unaccounted for. The injured have been rushed to hospital while some of the passengers are still held up in the airport as authorities appear to want to interview them.
Update 1: 291 passengers, 23 crew members were reportedly on board the flight, according to Salon. It remains unclear whether there were any casualties.
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 flying in from Seoul crashed while landing on Saturday afternoon at San Francisco International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
An FAA spokesman, Lynn Lunsford, said it was flight No. 214.
CBS Station KPIX reports witnesses heard a loud bang, and saw a huge cloud of smoke.
One passenger, David Eun [@Eunner] tweeted from the ground about the crash.
“I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine,” Mr. Eun said. “I’m ok. Surreal…”
Images from television station KTVU in San Francisco showed extensive fire damage to the airplane, which lost its tail in the crash, reports Reuters. Fire engines arrived on scene and the fire, which had burned through the cabin’s roof, appeared to be out.
A witness managed to capture a video of the wreckage from a waiting area at San Francisco airport.
Watch video on mobile here.
Video courtesy of YouTube user straylor.
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