A Boeing 777 airplane crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday afternoon killing two people on board.

Crashed jetliner on the ground at San Francisco Airport (KGO TV)

The tail came apart from Asiana Airlines Flight #214, a Boeing 777 as it landed at around 2:30 p.m. eastern time today, according to KCBS-TV.  The craft flipped upside down, coming to stop on the runway on its back.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White confirmed the fatalities and added there are 60 hospitalized. However, that number was changed to just one person unaccounted for by ssistant Deputy Chief Dale Carnes  reports CNN.

KTVU TV reports 49 passengers were seriously injured, 132 received moderate to minor injuries, 123 were not injured and two were killed.


NBC News says the flight came in "too short" to make a proper landing and may have hit a sea wall at the beginning of the runway. The glide path, a kind of beam that helps guide pilots, was out of service. The language barrier between the air traffic controllers and the pilots on the Korean airliner may also have been a factor.

Pieces of the tail on the runway from the Asiana Airlines jetliner that crashed at San Francisco Airport (KGO TV)
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