Dozens were reported injured after an Asian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport shortly at 11:36 a.m. today.
The fiery accident closed the airport and diverted flights to LAX and other West Coast destinations, but SFO officials said two runways would reopen shortly.
There were reports of as many as two dead and several critical injuries. San Francisco General Hospital stated via Twitter that it was treating 10 critical victims, including eight adults and two children.
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One witness said flight 214 from Seoul was seen doing “cartwheels” down the runway as it crash landed.
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The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.
We'll be looking out for reaction from L.A.'s Korean American community, the largest in the nation.
[Update at 5:58 p.m.]: At a news conference today San Francisco officials confirmed two people had died in the crash. They said 130 people had been taken to hospitals.
The plane carried 291 passengers and 16 crew members. Authorities said not all of those on-board the 777 have been accounted for.
Asiana has established a phone number in Korea for those concerned about family members who might have been on flight 214: 080-669-8000.
The flight originated in Shanghai and stopped in Seoul before heading to San Francisco.
Air traffic control radio communication of the crash can be heard here.
Meanwhile LAX officials tweeted that 22 flights to San Francisco have been canceled as a result of the crash.
Ben@bootstraplabs sitting next to /opened exit door wz broken ribs to help ppl get out. waiting for CT pic.twitter.com/DXz0xYCJrn
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