On Saturday an Asiana Airlines passenger jet Boeing777 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, according to the media.There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board, at least two people were killed.
They were Chinese citizens, according to South Korea’s Transport Ministry.
More than 100 people were hurt, rescue teams took 49 people deemed to be in a serious condition to nearby hospitals, officials said. 190 people walked to safety from the plane, many of whom were later treated for minor injuries.
Flight 214 originated in Shanghai, China and stopped in Seoul, South Korea before heading to San Francisco.
While the sequence of events remains unclear, it appeared the plane landed and then crashed, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown. Reports say the tail of the Boeing 777 hit the runway before the plane crashed and caught fire. No distress signal from the cockpit was issued before the crash.
One engine and the tail fin appeared to have broken away from the main wreckage.
The top of the fuselage was burned through.
Officials say among those onboard were 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans, 61 Americans and one Japanese national.
On Saturday arrivals and departures at San Francisco International Airport have been suspended since the incident.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says there is no indication of terrorism. It will work with the National Transportation Safety Board, Korean investigators and Boeing as the probe unfolds.
The twin-engine Boeing 777 has a good safety record as a long-haul aircraft and is used by many major carriers.
Asiana is South Korea’s second-largest airline.