Saturday, 6 July 2013
Boeing 777 Jet Crashes At San Francisco International Airport
Firefighters are at the scene of a plane crash on the runway of San Fransisco International Airport. Thick clouds of black smoke are billowing from the grounded aircraft as people escape on emergency slides.
The plane was a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines flying in from Seoul, South Korea. People are reportedly trapped inside the aircraft according to a police scanner.
The fire on board the plane has been registered as third alarm and several ambulances have been dispatched to the scene of the accident.
The airport will be closed for the next couple of hours, according to announcements, and planes will not be flying in or out.
Some witness said that they were unable to see the plane as it had been completely consumed by smoke. Initially, black and grey smoke was visible, which lightened as firefighters began to bring it under control.
A reporter for local news station KCBS described "A tremendous amount of black smoke on the runway," initially later stating “it’s more grey smoke at this point.” He said that the plane was a cargo jet rather than a passenger jet, and it was too early to confirm casualties.
An eyewitness told local station KCBS that the plane looked like it was “at an odd angle” as it was coming in to land.