Asiana Boeing 777 Crash Landing in San Francisco

Asiana Boeing 777-200LR Crash Landing at SFO

 

777 Crash Landing at SFO

Picture: Asiana Airlines Crash landing at San Fransisco Intl Airport

Updated: July 7, 2013 6:53am EDT

San Francisco — July 6, 2013 (FlyersPulse.com): Asiana Flight 214, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER, crash landed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The flight originated at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN).

At the time of the crash, weather conditions were perfect with clear skies, light winds, and over 10 miles visibility.

According to eyewitness accounts, the tail of the aircraft impacted the seawall prior to the runway. The impact caused the tail to separate from the fuselage at which point the aircraft lost control.

Two Fatalities

Asiana Airlines confirmed 291 passengers and 16 crew members were on-board flight 214. Oakland based KTVU Television is reporting 2 dead and 182 injured. The San Francisco Fire Department confirmed the two fatalities.

The airline confirmed most passengers were Korean citizens (77), Chinese citizens (141), and US citizens (61), as well as one Japanese citizen.

The two dead were 16 years old students from China.

Live Social Media Reports

A passenger on Asiana Flight 214, David Eun, tweeted, “Just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…Fire and rescue people all over the place. They’re evacuating the injured.” Eun (@Eunner) posted pictures of the accident scene to twitter.

Impact at San Francisco Intl Airport

San Francisco International Airport closed immediately after the accident but has since re-opened according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and officials at San Francisco Intl Airport.

At the time of the accident, flights en-route were diverted to other airports. Nearby Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Jose’s Mineta International Airport (SJC) accepted a large number of diversions, including international arrivals.

Other flights diverted to airports across the region including Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), and Salt Lake City (SLC).

Most flights at San Francisco International Airport were cancelled after the accident.

Flight Operations at SFO for Sunday, July 7, 2013

If you are traveling to or from SFO, please check with your airline. The airport has two runways open for limited operations. Limited operations are likely to continue until all wreckage and debris is removed from the crash site.

Cause and Investigation of Asiana Flight OZ 214

Despite eyewitness accounts, the cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) “GO-Team” is already on the scene and has started the initial investigation of the accident. Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, and Asiana will assist the NTSB with the investigation.

Asiana Airlines is Korea’s second largest airline and operates flights across the globe from its hub at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. Asiana is a member of Star Alliance and flight OZ 214 is marketed by United Airlines as a codeshare, UA 7979.

The Boeing 777 is a popular twin-engine widebody aircraft with an excellent safety record. The Boeing 777 was designed for long-range international flights.

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