NTSB Releases Dramatic Photos From Inside Asiana Flight 214

The National Transportation Security Board posted the images to its Twitter account, showing what remains of the Boeing 777 after it crashed while landing at the San Francisco Airport Saturday, killing two people.

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:

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:

Eun continued:

Eun said he thought most of the passengers walked away from the crash:

[Image: David Eun on Twitter]

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  • Navibo

    why is it so important that some COO was on the airplane? What about the other 290 people on the flight? Trying to make a story about a crash more interesting and not more informative it's not OK

  • Danny Villarreal

    It is relevant as David Eun utilized social media to show the world a disaster at ground zero quicker than any news outlet was able to. Try reading the article's title next time, or perhaps the article itself - there wasn't a COO on the plane.

  • Navibo

    Half of the article was about the Facebook COO.. and her story of not getting on the plane. The other half was about David Eun. I don't think that's the way a disaster like this should be reported... In this situation I expected to read in the first text more about the people or the possible cause...

  • Mxxlo2001

    The article was written in tech focused media so obviously they would look at the event from that point of view. Nobody is trivializing the other human lives and I would assume they would leave the details of the investigation to the "mainstream" media.
    BTW Kudos to David Eun for making the choice NOT to show his face all over the media during the immediate aftermath. Most other people would be jumping at this chance to show their mugs on TV

  • Tyler Fastcompany Gray

    We have to balance the relevance to Fast Company readers with the urge to write about national breaking news events. This would not have been directly in our wheelhouse had it not involved SFO, a hub for many of the people we write about--turns out one of them was actually on the plane, and another decided to use her platform to tell everyone she narrowly avoided being on the flight. All of that would have been interesting in and of itself. But then David Eun turned to social media to share what happened as an eyewitness. As Danny pointed out above, he eliminated the old-world, slow-moving traditional form of media, and he just reported on the event himself. Then he declined to go on CNN to elaborate further. It seems he even made a news judgment. That's all very interesting in a time of booming social media--that's the Fast Company story. And let's be honest, you're not turning to Fast Company to learn about the breaking news details. Yes, we try and provide all of those basics if we're going to cover a story, but we also have to make sure we're delivering on the expectation of *our* readers.