Flights have been suspended at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed upon arrival, killing two and injuring 61, airport officials said. The plane was Asiana Airlines flight No. 214, a Boeing 777 coming into San Francisco from Seoul, South Korea when it crash-landed on a runway. The wreckage of the plane lay flat off the runway with its tail and landing gear seared off and the roof over its midsection burned and gutted, exposing the passenger area between its wings.
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A fire dispatcher said the crash happened at about 11:33 a.m. and at least two people died and 61 were injured. The injured victims were taken to hospitals “all over,” including San Francisco General Hospital, the dispatcher said. Firefighters from San Francisco and San Mateo County responded after reports that the plane had crashed, the dispatcher said. SFO officials said all flights have been suspended or diverted to other airports. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest updates.
The California Highway Patrol put down flares and shut down on ramps leading to the airport from U.S. Highway 101. Southbound traffic on the highway came to a standstill, with some drivers driving off the roadway to escape the traffic snarls.
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