SAN FRANCISCO -- Witnesses said that many of the passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed upon landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport appeared not to have been hurt.
There has been no official word, however, about injuries or fatalities.
Tech executive David Eun, who was on the plane, sent out a message on Twitter saying: "Most people are totally calm and trying to let the fire and rescue do their jobs.... Posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem ok."
Photos taken by passengers on the flight show people on the runway and smoke coming from the aircraft. Other photos show the tail of the plane broken off.
In a brief phone interview, a passenger from the flight who didn’t want to give his name told The Times that most passengers on the flight were unharmed.
“I just want their families to know,” he said. “Most of the people seem OK and we’re just letting the paramedics do their job.”
San Francisco Fire Department officials told KTVU-TV that injured passengers were taken to the hospital and that there was no immediate word of fatalities. But they stressed the investigation was continuing.
Firefighters put out the fire on the plane, which was destroyed by the crash and subsequent blaze. San Francisco International has been closed until further notice.
Here are images taken from passengers' social media feed, retweeted by The Times:
A second image from the plane after SFO crash: pic.twitter.com/PXWBS0gLvM— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) July 6, 2013
Two amazing photos as passengers exit that SFO jet that crashed: pic.twitter.com/bdqTGUq8u0— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) July 6, 2013