SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – At least two people were killed and 130 injured on Saturday when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport, the city’s fire chief said.
More than 60 people who were aboard the Boeing 777, which was flying to San Francisco from Seoul with 291 passengers and 16 crew, are so far unaccounted for, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told a press conference.
“At this time there are two fatalities associated with this incident,” Hayes-White said.
The fire chief said that 48 people on the plane were taken directly to San Francisco area hospitals from the scene of the crash and another 82 were later transported to hospitals after making their way to the airport terminal.
An FBI agent said there was no sign the crash was the result of a terror attack.
“At this point in time there is no indication of terrorism involved,” said FBI special agent David Johnson.
Hayes-White said firefighters and emergency teams rushed to the scene after the plane experienced what was initially called a “hard landing.”
According to witnesses, the plane appeared to clip a seawall short of the runway, snapping off the tail and leaving a trail of debris before the aircraft finally came to a stop.
“When we arrived on scene the chutes had already been deployed and we observed multiple numbers of people coming down the chutes and actually walking to their safety, which is a good thing,” Hayes-White said.