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An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed and burned at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 61 others.

The deadly crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday on runway 28 behind Terminal 2 – the international terminal, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The San Francisco Fire Dept. confirmed to KCBS that there were two deaths and 61 injuries from the crash. At San Francisco General Hospital, officials said eight adults and two children were listed in critical condition.

The plane that crashed was flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, initially said to be a cargo plane – but later was identified as a passenger jet.

The airline said 291 people were on board, including a group of vacationing Korean school children. Eyewitnesses at the airport saw passengers evacuated by emergency slides from the plane after the crash.


An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said Flight 214 crashed while landing on runway 28 left at the airport at 11:26 PDT.

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. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.

Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

A call to the airline seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to probe the crash. NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said Saturday that NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman would head the team.

Asiana is a South Korean airline, second in size to national carrier Korean Air. It has recently tried to expand its presence in the United States, and joined the oneWorld alliance, anchored by American Airlines and British Airways.

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.

The last time a large U.S. airline lost a plane in a fatal crash was an American Airlines Airbus A300 taking off from JFK in 2001.

Smaller airlines have had crashes since then. The last fatal U.S. crash was a Continental Express flight operated by Colgan Air, which crashed into a house near Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 2009. The crash killed all 49 people on board and one man in a house.

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  • Will

    Dave, you may to edit your coverage… John Wrigley’s comment is correct…the plane is upright, wings intact with extensive damage to the top according to early reports and helicopter video footage of the scene. The tail is severed from the plane.

    • Will

      Thank You Dave! Your work on every incident is excellent!

      • dave statter

        I noticed the same thing. Forget about it. Appreciate the info.

  • R

    The slide show at the San Francisco Chronicle has a brief video from WPTV that shows all the responding apparatus, a triage area, and staged ambulances. If my link didn’t work go look at

  • Rob

    The Fire Department PIO in the SFO news conference is doing an excellent job.




  • FireGears

    Bumper turrets,
    Stinger Extension Nozzles,
    and Fire Extinguishing Additives in the water…

    These firefighters are light-years ahead of
    their brethren in the structural division.

    • Fire21

      Bumper turrets, roof turrets and water additives have been on ARF trucks for decades.

    • 95%er

      No, they are doing what is accepted practice in ARFF.

      Those same tactics are not as accepted or practical for structural firefighting.

      they are dealing with large amounts of flammable liquids and highly combustible solids and very little ordinary Class A fire material.

      They also are able to get right up to their burning aircraft and the extended booms are the most practical manner to apply agent to the aircraft. The same is not to be said for most of our structural fires.

  • bgbootylvr

    95% I will agree on part of your comment.
    Structure fires give off a significant amount of heat more so then we have ever seen before. With a lot of our household products made from petroleum based compounds, it is just like fighting a flammable liguid fire. What we classify as class A technically should be classified as Class b in many respects. I have yet to see any new furniture, clothing or household product that doesnt have some form of synthetic in it. Completely different than when I first became a Fireman 25yrs ago.

    • FireGears


      I’m glad to see someone gets it.!!!

      WAY over the head of old “95%-a-1950’s-Buff”

      • 95%er

        “ole 95%er” is a former pilot and current fire chief and says this about that:

        The material inside a commercial or military transport size jet contains far more Class B and Class D than almost any structure you will ever see in municipal service.

        Depending upon the configuration of the fuselage, many of the oxygen generating canisters will be above the passenger cabin. These produce O2 in an exothermic reaction, generating a large volume of heat as a by product of their operation. When ignited in a post crash fire, they make quite a huge fire. Look at the pics of this aircraft and notice where the heavy fire is, above the cabin.

        In addition, there are hundreds of electrical cables and hydraulic lines alongside the cabin walls and above and below it, as well as large amounts of various types of insulation.

        Below the cabin you will have the center wing tank(s) and well as much of the fuel valves and controls.

        Depending upon the make/model of the aircraft, there will also be composite materials as well as a large amount of Class D metals.

        And while the average household furnishings are more combustible than ever before, the push to make every single component inside an aircraft lighter and lighter really has made the structures more flammable than any dwelling the average FF will ever face.

        My guess, although somewhat limited with only 39 years of fire service, is that the average structure doesn’t contain any of these items.

        So while I appreciate being called a dinosaur, at least I am one who knows a little bit about this subject.

  • George Meredith MD

    777 Crash Related to Improper Marshland Management

    Approach was too low. Korean pilot, at last moment tried to clear seawall by putting the aircraft’s nose up.. Tail section broke off when it hit seawall.

    Solution: no more seawalls, guardrails, roadways or chain link fences. Simply grade the runway into the surrounding marshland. Mow the marshland monthly. Grade the marshland into the adjacent shallow waters. No steep contour breaks!

    See George Meredith MD or Senator John Breaux on use of hydraulic rotary cutting head pipeline dredge for marshland reconstruction!

    George Meredith MD, President
    Linkhorn Rudee Waterway Fund
    Virginia Beach