This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.The San Francisco fire chief says two people have died in the crash-landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said in a news conference that dozens are still unaccounted for.

In an earlier news conference, National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Debbie Hersman said investigators were being deployed to the scene.

“Obviously, we have a lot of work to do,” she said, noting that it was too early to tell what had caused the crash.

Passenger accounts and eyewitness reports in the first hour afterward indicated that many of those on board were able to escape before the crippled Boeing 777 caught fire. There were videos and photos showing the escape ramps deployed and passengers walking away. One person who said he was on board tweeted that “everyone seems fine.”

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET). It’s now 7:30 p.m. ET. We’re following the news as it comes in and have been posting updates.

Update at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fire Chief Gives New “Fluid” Numbers:

The fire chief said there were 307 people on the plane, and that about 60 are still unaccounted for. She also said there are two confirmed fatalities, but that all numbers remain “fluid.”

At the same news conference, David J. Johnson, FBI special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, said there was “no indication of terrorism involved.” He said the FBI would continue working with the NTSB on the investigation.

Update at 7:15 p.m. ET. Eyewitness Account:

Krista Seiden, 26, saw the Asiana plane on the runway as she was boarding her own flight to Phoenix. The daughter of a pilot and a flight attendant, Seiden told NPR she knew it was a crash immediately: “There’s really no mistaking a big commercial airliner sitting on the runway and billowing clouds of smoke.”

She said she saw the plane skidding along the runway, fuming with black smoke. Though they couldn’t hear the crash from inside the terminal, as soon as passengers saw wreckage “there was just a lot of uncertainty and commotion.”

Update at 6:13 p.m. ET. Reports From San Francisco Hospitals:

Mills-Peninsula Hospital reports having five people who were injured in the crash, but spokeswoman Margie O’Clair said “more are expected” and had no information on the patients’ condition.

San Francisco General Hospital says it has 10 patients from the accident, eight adults and two children. “All patients are in critical condition,” according to a statement from the hospital’s communications officer, Rachael Kagan.

As we noted in an earlier update, the airline said 291 passengers were on board.

Update at 4:25 p.m. ET. About The 777:

Boeing has a considerable amount of information about the jet posted here. It comes in different configurations. The largest version can carry 365 passengers.

Update at 4 p.m. ET. On The Passenger Who Tweeted “Everyone Seems Fine”:

All Things D profiled Samsung executive David Eun in December 2011. He’s the person who tweeted “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…” and posted a photo of the crippled jet that is now going viral.

Update at 3:52 p.m. ET. Nearly 300 On Board, KCBS Reports:

“The airline said 291 people were on board, but there was no official word on any casualties,” reports San Francisco’s KCBS-TV.

Update at 3:45 p.m. ET. Fire Quickly Extinguished:

“It’s not immediately known how many casualties are involved, though televised pictures and images posted online show many survivors exiting the plane or standing outside the damaged aircraft afterward,” write our colleagues on KQED’s News Fix blog. “Thick smoke rose from the site of the crash on an airport runway, but the fire was quickly extinguished.”

Update at 3:35 p.m. ET. “Everyone Seems Fine”:

A man who says he was on board, Samsung executive David Eun, has tweeted that, “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…” He has also posted a photo of what looks to be the same plane that’s being seen on the cable news networks’ broadcasts. The photo, taken on the ground, shows a crippled Asiana Airlines jet, smoke rising, and passengers walking away.

Eun has also tweeted this: “Lots of activity here. Friends, pls don’t call right now. I’m fine. Most people are totally calm and trying to…”

Update at 3:32 p.m. ET. Asiana Flight 214:

It was Asiana Airlines flight 214, which was due to land at 11:28 a.m. local time (2:28 p.m. ET).

Update at 3:27 p.m. ET. More From FAA:

“A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. That’s all I have for now.” FAA public affairs manager Lynn Lunsford emails to NPR’s Daniel Bobkoff.

Update at 3:22 p.m. ET. FAA Confirms, AP Reports.

The Associated Press just moved this alert: “FAA: Asiana Airlines flight crashes while landing at San Francisco airport; injuries unknown.”

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
 

Comments are closed.

News

WUNC
October 31, 2014 | WUNC · North Carolina forcibly sterilized thousands of people between 1929 and 1976. The state has begun compensating victims, but some who were sterilized may never receive restitution from the fund.
 

Reuters /Landov
October 31, 2014 | NPR · After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.
 

Getty Images
October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.
 

Arts & Life

HBO
October 31, 2014 | NPR · “I’ve made a career of playing small supporting roles,” McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who “should be a leading lady.”
 

University of Alabama Press
October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · “The more carny it got, the better I liked it,” King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.
 

Music

October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Leftover Cuties’ sound is both retro and refreshing. Hear the Los Angeles noir-pop band perform its unique interpretation of “You Are My Sunshine.”
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab