An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, Korea crashed while landing at San Francisco's airport Saturday. Passengers were forced to escape the Boeing 777 using the inflatable emergency exit slides. The airport is currently closed, and it's unknown when it will reopen.
Passengers who exited the plane told reporters that they did not believe there were any fatalities. In a phone interview with the LA Times, a passenger who was on the flight said that most, if not all, of the 291 passengers aboard the flight were unharmed. "I just want their families to know," the passenger who wished remain unknown said. "Most of the people seem OK and we’re just letting the paramedics do their job."
A video clip posted to YouTube showed smoke coming from the jet on the tarmac. Passengers can be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. Images of the plane show the body largely intact but with severe fire damage. The tail of the airplane was separated from the aircraft. This is the first major commercial jet to crash in the United States since a November 2001 crash in New York.
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Two passengers are confirmed dead and 181 were hospitalized or treated for injuries from the plane crash. Among the injured, 49 are in serious condition, and five, including a child, remain in critical condition. Officials said 123 escaped without injury. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in San Francisco early Sunday to begin the formal investigation into the cause of the plane crash.