A Boeing 777 that news outlets say was inbound from Seoul, South Korea, is on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport with smoke billowing from its fuselage. It appears the jet broke into at least two large pieces.
We’ll have more as the news comes in.
Update at 3:45 p.m. ET. Fire Quickly Extinguished:
“It’s not immediately known how many casualties are involved, though televised pictures and images posted online show many survivors exiting the plane or standing outside the damaged aircraft afterward,” write our colleagues on KQED’s News Fix blog. “Thick smoke rose from the site of the crash on an airport runway, but the fire was quickly extinguished.”
Update at 3:35 p.m. ET. “Everyone Seems Fine”:
A man who says he was on board, Samsung executive David Eun, has tweeted that, “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…” He’s also posted a photo of what looks to be the same plane that’s being seen on the cable news networks’ broadcasts. The photo, taken on the ground, shows a crippled Asiana Airlines jet, smoke rising, and passengers walkng away.
Eun has also tweeted this: “Lots of activity here. Friends, pls don’t call right now. I’m fine. Most people are totally calm and trying to…”
Update at 3:32 p.m. ET. Asiana Flight 214:
It was Asiana Airlines flight 214, which was due to land at 11:28 a.m. local time (2:28 p.m. ET).
Update at 3:27 p.m. ET. More From FAA:
“A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. That’s all I have for now.” FAA public affairs manager Lynn Lunsford emails to NPR’s Daniel Bobkoff.
Update at 3:22 p.m. ET. FAA Confirms, AP Reports.
The Associated Press just moved this alert: “FAA: Asiana Airlines flight crashes while landing at San Francisco airport; injuries unknown.”