Update: 2 Dead, 182 Injured in Boeing 777 Crash at SFO

Bay Area hospitals reporting varying degrees of injuries.

Updated 11:50 p.m. Saturday

San Francisco General Hospital had received 53 patients from the Asiana Airlines crash as of 9 p.m. this evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The patients treated by the hospital today included 27 adults ranging in age from 20 to 76 and 26 children, hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said.

Six people are in critical condition, including one child. Seven people have been discharged, 15 are in hospital beds and the rest are still being diagnosed and observed, Kagan said.

The hospital initially received 10 patients in critical condition, including six females and four males, two of them children. Five of those patients were later upgraded to serious condition.

Most of the patients in that first group were Korean speakers, but later groups of patients have primarily spoken English, Kagan said. The hospital initially set up tents outside to handle the influx of patients, but they have since been removed.

The pediatric urgent care center was used to handle both adult and pediatric patients. San Francisco fire officials said this afternoon that 182 people on board the flight had been transported to local hospitals and 123 were uninjured. Two people have been confirmed dead, fire officials said.

Stanford Medical Center received around 45 patients, including around three in critical condition and ten in serious condition, hospital officials said today. The hospital had admitted 16 of those patients as of around 7:30 p.m. today, with others still undergoing evaluation, according to Dr. Eric Weiss, director of emergency medicine.

The vast majority of patients came by ambulance, although some were flown in by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, said Dr. David Spain, director of the hospital's trauma center. Injuries on those brought to Stanford varied widely but included internal bleeding, numerous fractures, several spinal fractures and blunt force injuries, Spain said.

Stanford is one of nine Bay Area hospitals to receive patients from the crash today, which killed two people and injured 182 others. Weiss said that the hospital activated its emergency management plan immediately after being notified of the crash and within 30 minutes was able to mobilize more than 150 health care staff including doctors, nurses and other support staff.

 In particular, the hospital activated seven trauma teams that included skilled surgeons, Weiss said. Spain noted that while the hospital handled the influx of patients from the crash, patients from other incidents were still being admitted and helped as needed.

Earlier today, a spokeswoman for Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco said that Saint Francis had received seven patients from the crash and St. Mary's five.

The following is an account
 by Millbrae Patch editors of the Asiana Airlines crash at SFO. To see the latest updates as the story unfolds, click here. Go here for a live feed of Tweets about the crash, and click here for a roundup of accounts of people who were in the area around the time of the crash.

Updated 8:06 p.m.

All passengers on the Asiana Flight 214 that crashed Saturday morning at San Francisco International Airport have been accounted for. There are two confirmed dead and dozens injured.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said at a press conference at SFO, "This could have been much worse."

Updated 4:45 p.m.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said in a press conference Saturday afternoon that more than 60 passengers on the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed remain unaccounted for, and that 130 injured passengers have been transported to area hospitals so far. 

Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which originated in Shanghai, China with a stop in Seoul, South Korea, crashed just before 11:30 a.m. today as it landed at SFO, Hayes-White said. The Boeing 777 carried a total of 307 people including 291 passengers and 16 crew members, Hayes-White said.

"At this point in time there is no indication of terrorism," FBI Special Agent Dave Johnson said. "The FBI will be working closely with the NTSB to determine the cause of this incident."

Updated 3:55 p.m.

San Francisco General Hospital is treating 10 people — including two children —who were injured in the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. 

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013

Two people were killed and 61 injured in the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 airline at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning, according to a dispatcher for the San Francisco Fire Department.

The San Francisco Fire Department transported 13 of the injured to hospitals while the San Mateo County Fire Department carried away 48 people for treatment, the dispatcher said.

The plane crashed while landing at SFO after its tail came off while it was touching down on the runway, according to KTVU.com

The Asiana Airlines Flight 214 plane was just about to land – its landing gear had come down – when the tail of the plane came off around 11:20 a.m., KTVU reported.

The plane, a Boeing 777, was coming from Seoul, South Korea, according to flight tracking information. There were 291 passengers on board, and witnesses have reported seeing passengers exit the plane, according to KCBS.  

Passenger David Eun has tweeted: "I don't want to divert attention away from crash. Posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem ok."

"Fire and rescue people all over the place. They're evacuating the injured. Haven't felt this way since 9/11.…"

Another witness who saw the accident from her hotel room said the plane made a "humongous bounce" on the runway, and that she couldn't believe planes could physically do move in such a manner. She also said it was "a miracle" that the plane didn't hit a nearby United 747 plane. 

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013

VIDEO: To see a video, click here.

A passenger has tweeted that a majority of passengers on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 are OK, according to a post on Facebook.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013

By Bay City News Service

Firefighters are at San Francisco International Airport working on a fire on a passenger airline that crash landed on a runway this morning, according to a dispatcher for the San Mateo County Fire Department.

According to published reports, the crash has shut down SFO. The plane was from Asiana Airlines, according to reports. The plane, a Boeing 777, was coming in from Taipei.

Sources say 291 passengers on board from Seoul, South Korea. No word on casualties.

According to ABCNews7, the plane lost its tail and flipped over on its back.

–Bay City News Service contributed to this report. Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc. – Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Belle (Orchid Lady) July 06, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Watching it on CNN, and it doesn't appear that it flipped on its back. It appears to be up right, and the emergency escape slides were down. A plane watcher describing the landing seems to indicate a rear landing gear problem causing the plane to tilt left and shear off a wing before continued to crash/land. Noting it didn't seem the airport was aware that there was going to be a crash landing, because there were planes getting to take off and NO emergency vehicles.
Belle (Orchid Lady) July 06, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Looking at the pictures on TV, it really looks like the pilot landed the plane too soon and the tail hit the edge of the runway and broke off at the waters edge! Very scary. BTW my news is rewinded about an hour behind.
Gary Erwin July 06, 2013 at 07:25 PM
It was a normal landing, up to a point. Early account was that they were 1000' early on the touch down...clipped the sea wall. Explained by another pilot, the instruments would have landed him further down the runway. It was obvious that this was a pilot landing to early. (let's see if this story holds water)
Gary Erwin July 06, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Interesting History, possibly unrelated but worthy of a read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_incidents_and_accidents
MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" July 06, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Some are saying it was Faulty Aviation Ground Equipment.
Gary Erwin July 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Here is a nice little bit out of the New York Times. Arnold Reiner, a retired airline captain and the former director of flight safety at Pan Am, said that it appeared from television images that the jetliner had touched down far earlier than the normal landing point, which is about 1,000 feet down the runway. That runway, 28 Left, has a “displaced threshold,” he said, meaning that the runway’s usable area does not begin at the start of the pavement. The Instrument Landing System would normally guide the pilot to the proper touchdown point, but in clear weather, pilots will sometimes fly a visual approach.
Ralston Throckmorton July 06, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I was on a plane at SFO, door closed & ready to push back when the Captain announced the accident. We were told to get off the plane and then the flight cancelled as the airport announced closure until 8pm. It was surreal looking out the terminal window at the accident, the smoke, the emergency vehicles. Wishing all the best for those on the Asiana flight...
Belle (Orchid Lady) July 06, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Glad you are alright Ralston.
brookesaito July 07, 2013 at 03:20 PM
The conversation between the pilot and the control tower indicates there was some prior knowledge of a situation on board, as the control tower said emergency crew would be standing by. Somewhere I heard there was a fire on board, but now can't remember the source of that info. KCRA news posted the audio of the conversation. Landing at Incheon airport in Korea is a heck of a lot more complex than at SFO, in my opinion (only as experienced as a passenger, I'm not a pilot). I was terrified during the landing in Korea! I only say this in support of the pilot, although it'll be some time before we know the whole story.
George Barich July 08, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Of course there are 182 injured. Who can afford to miss out on a joining a lawsuit that's a slam dunk winner?. This is America and the settlements will be generous.
John Richards July 08, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Now they are saying a rookie pilot was at the controls. He was coming in too low and too slow.
KK July 08, 2013 at 05:41 PM
He had over 10,000 hours. He wasn't a "rookie", he was just new to that particular aircraft. Still...no excuses for him or the other pilot sitting next to him. Not to mention the 2 "bunkies" also in the cockpit watching everything. Tragic results from what will probably be a huge human screw up.


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