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Boeing 777 Crashed on Landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport
A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing Saturday at San Francisco international airport.

Flight 214 departed Seoul Incheon international airport earlier Saturday and flew 10 hours and 23 minutes to California, according to FlightAware, a site that offers private and commercial air traffic tracking services.

Anthony Castorani, who attended the land of flight in a hotel nearby, said he saw the aircraft touch the floor then noticed a large plume of white smoke.

"You have heard a noise and you immediately saw a big ball of fire which came briefly under the aircraft," at - he told CNN. "He began to wheel."

Kristina Stapchuck saw the dramatic scene unfold from his seat in a plane on the tarmac at the airport. Shortly after flight 214 landed, "it seemed that the tires slipped a little and it rocked back," at - it told CNN.

Parts of the aircraft started to break because it tipped over and then began to turn.

«Everything happened so fast", told CNN Stapchuck.»

Video taken shortly after the accident and posted on YouTube showed smoke dark grey from the aircraft, which appeared to be in an upright position. Which later became the white smoke, while teams of firefighters continued to spray the aircraft.

A photograph published in Twitter shows what appears to be passengers to walk from the plane, some of them toting bags, as the smoke rises from the other side.

"I just crushed to the SFO", read the message accompanying the image of David Eun. "Tail ripped off. Almost everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surrealists..."
The Boeing 777-200LR has been in service since March 2006

The aircraft can carry 301 passengers and a maximum distance of 9,395 nautical miles

Asiana Airlines operates 71 planes and serve 14.7 million passengers per year

The airline was voted airline of the year by Global Traveler in 2011

In 1993, Asiana Airlines Boeing 737 crashed, killing 68 persons

The top of the aircraft was charred and, in places, disappeared entirely, according to CNN affiliate KTVU video. The aircraft was on the belly, without obvious landing gear and tail back of the missing aircraft.

Fire trucks were on hand, while that first responders could roam outside the appliance.

evacuation slides can be seen extending from one side of the aircraft, from which there was no apparent smoke.

Corrine girdles, by the activities of the U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco, said that a Guard helicopter had been launched and that his organization is to help others who responded to the scene.

There were a few clouds in the sky at the time of the accident, and the temperature was about 65 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Winds were about 8 miles per hour.

Asiana Airlines is one of the two major airlines of South Korea, the other being Korean Air.

It operates several of its flights from the international airport of Incheon, which is the largest airport in South Korea and considered among the busiest in the world.

San Francisco International Airport, located approximately 12 miles south of San Francisco, is the second most busy California behind LAX in Los Angeles.

According to the information on the website of Asiana Airlines, the company has 12 Boeing 777 airplanes. They have a capacity between 246 and 300 people and has a cruising speed of 555 mph (894 kmh).
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