Asiana Airlines Crash Video: Watch Boeing 777 Flight 214 Crash Land At San Francisco Airport [VIDEO]
The Asiana Airlines crash video, shot by a witness who was standing across the water from where the accident occurred, surfaced over the weekend. The footage shows the Boeing 777, the world's largest twinjet, crash landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6. As seen in the Asiana Airlines crash video, the jet appears to hit the seawall at the end of the runway, skid across the asphalt, then cartwheel before coming to a halt. The jet was about 1,000 feet short of where planes are supposed to touch ground.
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The Asiana Airlines jet was on its way from Seoul, South Korea, and was carrying 307 people on board. Two people were killed in the crash, and more than 180 were sent to local hospitals. USA Today reports injuries ranged from minor bruises to more severe ailments like paralyzing spinal cord injuries. There were also burns, although doctors say there were relatively few of them even though the plane caught fire after the crash.
According to Reuters, the Asiana Arilines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco's airport Saturday was traveling "significantly below" the necessary speed. This caused the plane to undershoot the runway by about 1,000 feet. Also, a Glide Path system, which calculates the descent path for pilots, was offline. The system is normally used in bad weather conditions and is often turned off during routine landings, but investigators will almost certainly look into it.
"The pilots would have had to rely solely on visual cues to fly the proper glide path to the runway, and not have had available to them the electronic information that they typically have even in good weather at most major airports," Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the former US Airways pilot who successfully crash landed on the Hudson River in 2009, told the local NBC News affiliate. "We don't know yet if that's a factor in this particular situation, but that's certainly something they'll be looking at."
News has surfaced that the pilot was in his ninth training flight for Boeing 777 and, according to ABC News, was 11 flights short of the worldwide standard to get licensed.
One witness caught the Asiana Airlines crash on video, and the footage has been uploaded to YouTube. The tape emerged Sunday afternoon. It shows the massive jet approaching the airport runway, which juts out into the San Francisco Bay. The footage appears to be shot from somewhere along the Bayfront Park waterfront, a roadside viewing area about 3,000 feet from the end of the airport runway.
According to a spokesperson for the National transportation Safety Board, it's still too early to determine whether pilot error caused the Asiana Airlines crash.
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