2 confirmed dead after plane crashes at San Francisco International Airport

Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-07 00:25:39-04

(CNN) — Two people died and others were unaccounted for after a Boeing 777 from South Korea crashed Saturday upon landing at San Francisco’s airport, sending up a huge fireball, shedding its tail and spinning before screeching to a stop.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 left Seoul’s Incheon International Airport earlier Saturday, according to FlightAware, a website that offers tracking services for private and commercial air traffic. An airline spokesman in Seoul told CNN that 291 passengers and 16 staff members were aboard when it crashed around 11:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. ET).

Two people have died, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.

“Upwards of approximately 60 people” are unaccounted for, the chief said. Just over an hour later, Francis Zamora of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management told CNN that four were unaccounted for, though he didn’t explain the discrepancy.

At least 130 others are being treated, or will soon be treated, at nine Bay Area hospitals, Hayes-White said around 4:10 p.m.

Eight injured adults and two children at San Francisco General Hospital are in critical condition, said San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan.

Authorities warned the numbers of dead, injured and unaccounted for at San Francisco International Airport could change in the coming hours. First responders have gone on the plane “doing search and rescue attempts,” Hayes-White said.

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