Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco Airport.
A Boeing 777 jetliner crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight across the Pacific Ocean from South Korea. Early reports said at least two people were killed and dozens of people hurt, but the full extent of the casualties was not clear.
The plane, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, came to rest beside the runway — missing its tail, spewing black smoke and with most of the top of the fuselage ripped or burned off. Photos and video from the scene showed at least some passengers sliding down the emergency chutes and walking away.
Multiple sources told NBC News that the early indication was that the plane came in too short on its landing and hit the seawall at the airport. Sources close to the early investigation also told NBC News that the pilot did not make a distress call. The sky was partly cloudy and the winds mostly calm.
There was conflicting information in the chaotic aftermath of the crash, but early reports said at least 291 people were on board. An airport spokesman said he did not have a firm number.
NBC Bay Area reported two dead from the crash, although NBC News could not immediately confirm that figure. The San Francisco Fire Department said it took 12 injured away from the scene, and San Mateo County emergency services reported taking 21 injured. The Coast Guard in San Francisco reported one injured. The extent of the injuries was not clear.
The crash — the first involving a jumbo jet in the United States in more than a decade — happened just before 11:30 a.m. in San Francisco, or 2:30 p.m. ET. Stefanie Turner, a witness, told MSNBC that she saw the plane’s tail clip the runway, then cartwheel down the runway, then come to rest with flames and smoke billowing from the fuselage.
“The tail was too low. Instead of coming in flat it was coming in at, I would say, maybe a 45-degree angle, with the tail far too low,” she said. “It really went through quite a few acrobatics on the runway.”
David Eun, who was on the flight, posted to his Twitter account: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok.” He also posted a photo that showed people walking or running away from the downed plane, including at least a half-dozen who appeared to have slid down an emergency chute.
The airport suspended all takeoffs and landings for three hours after the crash and said that some flights were being diverted. The airport said at about 5:30 p.m. ET that two runways would open shortly, and advised passengers to check with their airlines.
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Happy Macross Father’s Day. (Roy has no idea whether he belongs…)
[[ Derp, had this in my drafts from a long time ago and meant to publish it last weekend when it was timely, but I forgot. ]]
Men of great authority.
Art by Iroha
Shoji Kawamori trying to get Minmay’s autograph
Oh hey, a director cameo I’d never noticed before. Cool.
(apparently Misa has always had the same hairstyle)
Pathfinder fans check out this Kickstarter.
Whistle - Wearable Tech For Your Dog
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