An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200, flight OZ-214 from Seoul – South Korea to San Francisco – USA, with 291 passengers and 16 crew, landed short of runway 28L impacting the sea wall separating the runway 28L from the San Francisco Bay. The accident occurred at 11:27 local time (18:27UTC). The tail, gear and engines separated and the aircraft came to a rest left of the runway about 490 meters past the runway threshold. The aircraft burst into flames and partially burned out, 238 occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft in time and are alive, 67 occupants are missing, 2 people are confirmed killed in the accident.
The San Francisco airport was completely closed for about 5 hours, later runway 01L/19R and 01R/19L reopened operations, but runway10/28 remained closed.
An witness on the ground reported that the approach of the aircraft looked normal at first, but prior to impact the aircraft began to descent below the glide path and then impacted the sea wall ahead of the runway.
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