Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
Fortunately, passenger accounts and eyewitness reports in the first hour afterward indicated that most, if not all, of those on board were able to escape before the crippled Boeing 777 caught fire.
The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET). In the chaotic hours immediately after, key questions remained unanswered, including: the cause; the extent of any injuries or whether there were any deaths; and how many people were on board.
It's now 4:25 p.m. ET. We're following the news as it comes in and have been posting updates.
Update at 4:25 p.m. ET. About The 777:
Boeing has a considerable amount of information about the jet posted here. It comes in different configurations. The largest version can carry 365 passengers.
Update at 4 p.m. ET. On The Passenger Who Tweeted "Everyone Seems Fine":
All Things D profiled Samsung executive David Eun in December 2011. He's the person who tweeted "I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal..." and posted a photo of the crippled jet that is now going viral.
Update at 3:52 p.m. ET. Nearly 300 On Board, KCBS Reports:
"The airline said 291 people were on board, but there was no official word on any casualties," reports San Francisco's KCBS-TV.
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."
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