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Korean Plane Crash at SFO; 2 Dead, Over 100 Injured

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The San Francisco Fire Dept. told KCBS there were two killed and more than 100 injured in the crash.

It was flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, initially said to be a cargo plane – but later was identified as a passenger jet.

The airlines said 291 people were on board, including a group of vacationing Korean school children. Eyewitnesses at the airport saw some passengers evacuated by emergency slides from the plane.

The crash happened as the jet was landing. Two passengers on the plane relayed to a San Carlos relative by cell phone that the pilot appeared to overshoot the runway.

Witnesses said they heard a loud noise, the tail came apart from the plane and a fireball and black smoke billowed into the air, visible for miles.

"The plane started coming in at an odd angle, there was a huge bang and you could see the cloud of huge black smoke," observed Kate Belding, who was jogging near the airport at the time of the crash.

"It was a horrible thud," said Kelly Thompson, who saw it unfold from the parking lot of the Westin Hotel at the airport. "The airliner bounced and then slid to a stop on the runway."

Rescue vehicles were on the scene immediately afterwards and there were reports of a major triage operation taking place.

Although airport authorities referred to the crash site to a KCBS reporter as a "crime scene," a national security official told CNN there were no signs of terrorism as it related to the crash.

The airport has been closed. No flights were being allowed in or out of SFO after the crash. It was believed that flights were being diverted to the international airports in Oakland and San Jose.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to SFO to probe the crash.

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