Asiana Airlines B777 Accident, San Francisco – SFO

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.

Metars:
KSFO 061956Z 23004KT 10SM FEW016 19/10 A2981 RMK AO2 SLP095 T01890100
KSFO 061856Z 21007KT 170V240 10SM FEW016 18/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP098 T01830100
KSFO 061756Z 21006KT 10SM FEW016 18/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP097 T01780100 10183 20128 51005
KSFO 061656Z VRB06KT 10SM FEW013 SCT018 17/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP096 T01670100
KSFO 061556Z 02003KT 10SM FEW012 SCT018 16/11 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP096 T01610106
KSFO 061456Z VRB03KT 10SM FEW010 SCT015 14/10 A2980 RMK AO2 SLP092 T01440100 51006

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Photo Credits: DPA/AFP

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