San Francisco plane crash leaves 2 dead, 181 injured

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A fire department official says at least 2 have died and many others were injured after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing at San Francisco airport.

San Francisco Edwin Lee confirmed late Saturday that all passengers were accounted for.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says that there are two dead in the crash of an Asiana jetliner at San Francisco International Airport.

She said that the scene has been secured and has been turned over to the FBI. Terrorism has been ruled out.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said 181 people were taken to local hospitals. There were a total of 307 people on board the plane -- 291 passengers and 16 crew members. 

San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan told KCBS radio in San Francisco soon after the crash that 10 passengers had been transported to the hospital. Some of their conditions have since been upgraded.

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She said the hospital received two children and eight adults, all in critical condition. She said tents were being set up outside the hospital for triage.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco Airport while landing on Saturday. 

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A video clip posted to Youtube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. 

The airline is based in Seoul, South Korea. Its website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing at 11:36 a.m. PDT.

The Associated Press

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