2 Dead After Boeing 777 Crashes on Landing at San Francisco International Airport

Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed upon landing at San Francisco's airport on Saturday, sending at least 130 people to the hospital. Here's what we know so far

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A fire truck sprays water on Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.

A Boeing 777 airliner, operated by Asiana Airlines, crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. Flight 214 was en route from Seoul, South Korea to the Bay Area. San Francisco fire chief Joanna Hayes-White confirms that two people are dead, 181 people were injured — 49 seriously. Here’s an account of the first six hours of breaking news from the scene. TIME is no longer updating this page regularly, but keep visiting TIME.com for the latest about the event.

8:51 p.m.: The Associated Press now reports that just one person is unaccounted for after the crash. A total of 181 were injured — 49 seriously.

7:38 p.m.: From the White House: Soon after the plane crash in San Francisco, CA, the President was made aware of the incident by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.  The President will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.  The President expressed his gratitude for the first responders and directed his team to stay in constant contact with the federal, state and local partners as they investigate and respond to this event.  His thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost a loved one and all those affected by the crash. —Zeke Miller

7:20 p.m.: San Francisco fire chief Joanne Hayes-White has confirmed that two people have died in the incident. There were a total of 307 people on the plane — 291 passengers and 16 crew members, Hayes-White said. Approximately 130 people have been transported to area hospitals, and 60 passengers are unaccounted for. Around 2:45 PST, the investigation was turned over to the FBI, who will be coordinating with the NTSB. FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson said that there is no indication that terrorism was involved.

7:10 p.m.: The New York Times has a graphic that outlines the plane’s landing path and where the aircraft’s broken pieces came to rest. According to the graph, the plane skid about 2,000 feet before stopping to the left of the runway.

7:02 p.m.: This image has surfaced of the airliner’s severed tail:

6:45 p.m.: Service at the airport has been partially restored:

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6:30 p.m.: Rachael Kagan, spokesperson for San Francisco General Hospital, says that 10 patients — six women, four men, eight adults and two children — have been brought to the hospital. All are in critical condition with injuries ranging from burns, fractures, and internal bleeding. Some patients were taken immediately to surgery. All of the patients are Korean-speaking.

Kagan said that there were approximately 230 victims at the scene — most were not critically injured — and 75 people are being transported to area hospitals. A second wave of passengers are starting to arrive at San Francisco General, and Kagan expects to receive up to 30 patients in the coming hours.

6:28 p.m.: An Asiana Airlines spokesman told CNN from Seoul that 291 passengers and 16 staff members were aboard.

6:05 p.m.: Operations at the San Francisco International Airport will be getting back on track:

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6:00 p.m.: One Twitter user turned to the website FlightAware to compare yesterday’s Asiana Airlines flight 214 with today’s, as Mashable notes:

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5:30 p.m.: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg confirmed that she had planned to be on the flight, and shared the following statement on Facebook:

Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family, colleagues Debbie FrostCharlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets. Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash. Our friend Dave David Eun was on the Asiana flight and he is fine. Thank you to everyone who is reaching out – and sorry if we worried anyone. Serious moment to give thanks.

5:24 p.m.: The latest numbers from San Francisco General:

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5:17 p.m.: Reuters has released this aerial image of the plane, post-crash:

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is pictured after it crashed while landing in this KTVU image at San Francisco International Airport in California, July 6, 2013.


5:15 p.m.: Boeing has released the following statement:

Boeing extends its concern for the safety of those on board Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Boeing is preparing to provide technical assistance to the National Transportation Safety Board as it investigates the accident.

5:10 p.m.: KTVU reports that a dispatcher for the San Francisco Fire Department has confirmed that two people are dead and at least 61 injured in the crash.

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5:05 p.m.: NewsBreaker has a file photo of the plane involved in today’s crash:

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4:45 p.m.: Below is an excerpt of the audio recorded at KSFO tower as the incident occurred, from LiveATC.net:

Flight 214 cleared into land 28L at 18:21:12 Zulu

18:22:27: Flight 214 calls ATC

18:22:30: Tower says, “214 Heavy, Emergency Vehicles are responding”

18:22:37: Flight 214 calls again. Can’t make out what is said.

18:23:10: Flight 214 calls again. Can’t make out what is said.

18:23:25: ATC says, “Emergency vehicles are responding. We have everyone on their way.”

18:27:02: Another plane calls ATC, “We see people (at our vicinity) that need immediate attention. They are alive and they are walking around.”

18:27:18: ATC replies, “So people are just walking outside the airplane right now?”

18:27:20: Plane replies, “Yes. Some people. It looks like it’s settling. “

18:27:27: “It’s right up near the 28 Left number on the right side of the runway…Between the runways there are people adjacent to the numbers. We can see about 2-3 people who are moving, who survived.

Listen to the full audio below:

4:40 p.m.: An alert from the FAA: “The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was closed as of Jul 06 at 01:10 PM PDT.  The date/time when the airport is expected to reopen is not known.”

4:15 p.m.: FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 was landing on runway 28-left after a trans-pacific flight from Seoul, South Korea, when it crashed. Local television showed debris on the runway threshold — hundreds of feet from the beginning of the touchdown zone. The plane’s tail assembly, including the rudder and elevator used, respectively, for vertical control and yaw, had detached by the beginning of the runway. Survivors were seen escaping down emergency slides. Emergency crews were spraying fire retardant foam on the airliner more than an hour after the crash. The roof of plane appeared burned through. The airplane involved in the crash was delivered in 2006. The Boeing 777 is one of the safest airframes in operation, with only two total hull losses (when a plane is damaged beyond practical repair), since the model entered service in 1995.  —Zeke Miller

4:00 p.m.: The National Transportation Safety Board offered the following update on its response to the crash:

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3:45 p.m. EST: Video taken from a nearby terminal shows dark smoke billowing from the sides of the aircraft, which landed upright.


Passenger David Eun shared the following update on Twitter:

This screen-grab from CNN shows that the port-side engine is gone, as is the entire tail assembly, according to TIME reporter Zeke Miller: