Updated July 8, 2013: The National Transportation Safety Board has released photos of the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 on its Twitter account, showing the charred remains of the plane's interior, and the mangled remains of the exterior. According to a report from The New York Times, the NTSB thinks the pilot approached the runway too slowly.
The accident, which happened at around 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, involved a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines from Seoul, South Korea, that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. The tail of the plane broke off--possibly due to the plane missing the end of the runway--and a wing was broken. At least one engine appears to have been ripped off, and the top of the fuselage appeared to be burned off, too. A line of debris was strewn from the plane to the very beginning of the runway, near the water. Witnesses say pieces of the wing and other parts were flying off of the plane as it spun around. All flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport were canceled--some diverted to Los Angeles International Airport. There were 291 passengers on board, and 16 crew members. More than 180 are reportedly injured, and two people are confirmed dead, both Chinese teenagers. One may have been run over by an emergency vehicle.
Update:Twitter user stefanielaine appears to have captured the moments of the crash:
just realized I have a picture of the actual crash. holy fucking shit. pic.twitter.com/5TnOX96Gsi— stefanielaine (@stefanielaine) July 6, 2013
Update: The New York Times reports that the two victims of the crash were identified as 16-year-old Chinese students. And 180 others were injured.
Update: The New York Times reports that two people are dead and 130 others have been sent to the hospital for treatment.
Update: At least two people are dead and 10 are critically injured, a San Francisco Fire Department source tells KTVU. CNN reports that an area hospital is treating eight adults and two children, all critical.
Update: Twitter user Eunice Bird Rah tells CNN that her father was on the plane and said it was obviously approaching the runway too low and missed the end before skidding out of control. (Rah tweeted the photo on top of this post, which she said was sent to her by her father.)
Update: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had planned to be on the flight but switched at the last minute, as she explained in a Facebook post.
Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family, colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We switched to United so we could use miles for my family's tickets. Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash. Our friend Dave David Eun was on the Asiana flight and he is fine. Thank you to everyone who is reaching out - and sorry if we worried anyone. Serious moment to give thanks.
Sandberg was referring to David Eun, a former Google exec, former president of AOL's media and studios division, and current Samsung content exec, who walked away from the crash landing and tweeted:
Moments later, Eun tweeted again:
Fire and rescue people all over the place. They're evacuating the injured. Haven't felt this way since 9/11.… — https://t.co/xgWDVbkOyR— David Eun (@Eunner) July 6, 2013
Lots of activity here. Friends, pls don't call right now. I'm fine. Most people are totally calm and trying to… — https://t.co/uyVTA8Okrs— David Eun (@Eunner) July 6, 2013
Eun said he thought most of the passengers walked away from the crash:
@kccnn I don't want to divert attention away from crash. Posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem ok.— David Eun (@Eunner) July 6, 2013
[Image: David Eun on Twitter]