A passenger jet inbound from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on the runway today at San Francisco International Airport, reportedly resulting in two deaths and over 180 injuries.
KCBS in San Francisco reports the plane is Asiana Airlines No. 214, a Boeing 777 passenger jet with 291 people on board.
Based on numbers provided by the San Francisco Fire Department and regional hospital officials, KCBS reports, two people died and 182 others were taken to hospitals – including 49 who were seriously injured, ten of them critically including two small children.
Still, considering eyewitness reports that the plane struck the runway, lost its tail section, bounced and practically somersaulted to its final position, photos posted online reveal people walking away from the crash, and many observers have been stunned the loss of life was not much worse.
“It’s miraculous we survived,” Vedpal Singh, who was sitting in the middle of the aircraft and survived the crash with his family, told KPIX. “I’m really thankful to God, things could’ve been much worse.”
A video posted on YouTube reveals the plane’s emergency chutes deployed, visible from the airport gate area:
Samsung executive David Eun, a passenger on the plane was equally surprised by how few people were seriously wounded, posting the following on the social media app Path: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal.”
Some witnesses have reported hearing a “boom” before the plane itself crashed, yet one witness told KCBS the initial “boom” was the plane’s first impact with the ground, before it “bounced” upward and crashed again.
The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board andhas not yet been determined.