A Boeing 777 airplane originating in Seoul, South Korea crash landed on the runway of San Francisco International Airport just around noon local time after the tail of the plane was ripped from the aircraft, according to eyewitnesses.
David Eun, a high level executive at Samsung, was a passenger on the flight, which was operated by Asiana Airlines, and posted an incredible photo of the wreckage and of fleeing passengers on his Path, another social media site.
Eyewitnesses initially reported the plane ended up on its back after flipping over on landing, though photographs from the scene seem to refute those claims. Emergency vehicles reported to the scene, but early indications from people on the ground suggest the number of casualties could be lower than was first feared.
All planes scheduled to land at the airport are being diverted to other area airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
NBC Los Angeles is reporting there were 303 souls on board Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at the time it crashed, adding that all are accounted for. There are also reports that area hospitals are beginning to receive burn victims who were on board the plane.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that at least 48 people are being treated for injuries related to the Asiana Flight 214 crash, while local TV station KTVU says they have confirmation that there have been two fatalities.
Debbie Hersman, the chairwoman of the NTSB, said during a press conference in Washington, D.C. that the organization is deploying a full team of investigators to look into possible weather factors, aircraft maintenance issues, and any other potential causes of today’s crash. “Everything is on the table at this point,” she said. “We have to gather the facts before we reach any conclusions.”