Boeing 777 crash lands in San Francisco killing at least 2 and injuring dozens
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A Boeing 777 aircraft has crash-landed at San Francisco international airport, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more.
Pictures posted to Twitter showed passengers escaping the Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which had taken off from the South Korean capital, Seoul.
Passengers evacuated down the inflatable emergency slides as smoke billowed from the downed plane as fire fighters and emergency services rushed to the scene. The exact cause of the crash is as yet unknown, but early clues point to the aircraft misjudging the landing and hitting the airport’s seawall.
According to the airline, there were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board including 141 Chinese citizens, 77 South Koreans and 61 US citizens. The two confirmed deaths were both Chinese citizens said South Korea's Transport Ministry. Eight adults and two children are in a critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, hospital spokesperson Rachael Kagan said.
Approximately 190 people walked to safety from the plane to be treated for minor injuries.
Footage of the scene showed debris strewn across the runway and smoke flooding from the jet, as fire crews sprayed a white fire retardant into huge holes in the fuselage
Passenger David Eun tweeted "I 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. Haven't felt this way since 9/11."
A witness,Ki Siadatan, said the plane "looked out of control" as it approached its landing
"We heard a 'boom' and saw the plane disappear into a cloud of dust and smoke," he told the BBC. "There was then a second explosion."
Flights are currently suspended at San Francisco International Airport as emergency crews struggle to clear the runway. An investigation is under way to determine the precise cause of the crash