SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries, but damage was significant and passengers had to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.
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Video from KTVU's helicopter showed fire damage to the top of the fuselage. The plane was surrounded by fire-retardant foam and the tail of the plane was broken off from the rest of the aircraft.
A piece of metallic debris was also seen sticking out of the water nearby.
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A video clip posted to Youtube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides.
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The airline is based in Seoul, South Korea. Its website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.
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The airport suspended all flights, and Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said 18 flights Saturday afternoon between Denver and San Francisco will be impacted. Those flights are on Southwest, United and Frontier.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sending a team of investigators to in vestigation the crash. Spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said Saturday that NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman would head the team.