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2 dead, dozens hurt in San Francisco plane crash

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  • NTSB: Flight recorders recovered; Investigation under way
  • Teenage victims ID'd as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan
  • Witness: I heard pop then saw fireball; Tail section torn off
  • Plane was en route from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco
2 dead, dozens hurt in San Francisco plane crash

Crash survivor: 'Chaos, disbelief, screaming'

Crash survivor: 'Chaos, disbelief, screaming'

San Fran plane crash: A timeline of what happened

San Fran plane crash: A timeline of what happened

NTSB: 'Too early' to tell what caused crash

NTSB: 'Too early' to tell what caused crash

Two teens are dead and dozens more injured Saturday after a Boeing 777 crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport.

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was en route from Seoul, South Korea, when it crashed around 11:30 a.m. PT (2:30 p.m. ET) on its approach to the airport. Anthony Castorani, a witness at a nearby hotel, told CNN he heard a pop then saw a "large, brief fireball" from underneath the plane. 

Passengers say the rear of the plane struck the edge of the runway. Video from the scene showed smoke billowing from the plane and its emergency evacuation chutes were out. Video also showed the roof of the plane's fuselage was ripped or burned out and the tail section completely torn off.

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There were 291 passengers and 16 crew members on board, according to a public relations spokesman for Asiana Airlines in Seoul. Authorities found the bodies of two Chinese teens on the runway. The airline have been identified as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16.

Earlier on Saturday, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said two people died in the crash and 60 passengers were unaccounted for, but officials now say authorities have accounted for all 307 occupants.

"We're lucky there hasn't been a greater loss of life," Hayes-White said.

David Eun, who was on the plane, tweeted after the crash and posted a photo of survivors walking away from the wreckage. 

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said she was scheduled to take Flight 214, along with family members and colleagues, but changed to another flight.

Officials say 182 passengers were taken to area hospitals. The U.S. Coast Guard said at least one person was flown to a hospital. 

 

Debris from the plane can be seen strewn across the runway. Teams he National Transportation Safety Board sent teams to the scene to investigate the crash. They have recovered two flight recorders from the plane and they have been sent to Washington, D.C. for analysis.

All flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport have been canceled. Some San Francisco flights have been diverted to airports in Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Jose. Late Saturday afternoon, the airport reported on its Twitter feed that it has reopened two runways and people waiting on flights should check with their airlines for further information.

A national security official tells CNN there are no signs of terrorism from the crash. Asiana Airlines said it will conduct an investigation into what caused the incident. Boeing released a tweet addressing the plane crash.

 

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