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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Plane Crashes at SFO, 2 Dead (Update)

Posted By on Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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Update 7:14 p.m.: Mayor Ed Lee issued the following statement:

On behalf of the people of San Francisco, I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers to those affected by the airline accident this morning involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from South Korea. We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our hearts are with the friends and families of all those affected who are here in our City, in the Republic of Korea, in the People's Republic of China and those around the world. I have contacted the Consulates of China and Korea to offer our City's sympathy and support. I have offered the full resources of our Airport and our public safety agencies to the National Transportation Safety Board as they thoroughly investigate this incident. The passengers and their families remain our first priority, and we will continue to provide them with the support they need."

Update, 5:50 p.m.: Of the 307 people on the plane, 306 have now been accounted for. The number of injured passengers and crew members receiving treatment at Bay Area hospitals stands at 181, with 49 of these patients in serious condition.

Update, 4:40 p.m.: After being closed for nearly three hours, two runways have reopened at SFO. Other flights heading to SFO were diverted to airports as far away as L.A.

COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, was scheduled to be on the flight, but switched to United for the airline miles.

There are more than 60 passengers from the Asiana Air Flight 214 still unaccounted for.

Update, 3:30 p.m.: The death toll for the partially incinerated Asiana Air Flight 214 now stands at two, with 230 passengers injured. Initial reports indicate the Boeing 777 clipped the rocks just prior to the San Francisco International Airport runway.

Forty of the passengers from the Seoul, Korea flight are said to be seriously injured. Victims have been transported to San Francisco General Hospital, as well as hospitals in San Mateo and Santa Clara.

More updates as the story develops.

Original story: A Boeing 777 jetliner that came from South Korea reportedly crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport this morning.

According to press reports, the plane, Asiana Flight 214 which was coming from Seoul, was landing at about 11:30 a.m. at SFO when it crashed and caught fire.

The airline told CBS News that there were 291 people were on board, but there was no official word on any casualties.

The airport has been closed to all planes coming and going.


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