An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 arriving from a flight South Korea crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning, bursting into flames, authorities said.
It was not known how many passengers may have survived the crash. Firefighters and emergency crews from San Francisco, Redwood City, San Mateo were responding to the airport.
Airport officials have closed all access to the airport.
The flight was on direct flight and was landing at around 11:30 a.m. According to a witness, the plane was just about to land — its landing gear had come down — when the tail of the plane came off.
After wobbling for a minute, it appeared that the aircraft flipped upside down, coming to a stop on runway on it’s back, according to witness Kathy Muhler.
Chopper footage from over the crash showed that the wings were still attached, contradicting the possibility that it rolled over on its back.
When it came to a halt, smoke was pouring from the aircraft. Fire crews responded minutes later, Muhler said.
According to Redwood City Fire Department, three alarms have been called and responding crews are reporting passengers in need of burn treatment.
As of noon, all flights into SFO were canceled because of the crash and all roads to the aiport were closed — CHP suggested drivers avoid Hwy 101 and use I-280 instead.
It was unclear when SFO would be re-opened.
According to the Associated Press, the 777-200 is a long-range plane from Boeing. The twin-engine aircraft is one of the world’s most popular long-distance planes, often used for flights of 12 hours or more, from one continent to another. The airline’s website says its 777s can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.
Watch video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFM0hIPP4fU
- Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco airport (fox5sandiego.com)
- Boeing 777 plane crash lands in San Francisco (ctvnews.ca)
- A Boeing 777 Crash-Landed At San Francisco International Airport (businessinsider.com)