07 July, 2013

CNN Breaking News

Flights into and out of San Francisco International Airport have been canceled following the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, the FAA says.

Here's what we know so far:

-- Flight 214 left Seoul's Incheon International Airport earlier Saturday and flew 10 hours and 23 minutes to California, according to FlightAware, a website that offers tracking services for private and commercial air traffic.

-- Anthony Castorani, who saw the flight land from a nearby hotel, said he saw the plane touch the ground then noticed a larger plume of white smoke. "You heard a pop and you immediately saw a large, brief fireball that came from underneath the aircraft," he told CNN. "It began to cartwheel."

-- The FAA identified the plane as Asiana Airlines Flight 214, en route from Seoul, South Korea.

-- CNN's Dana Bash, who was heading to the airport at the time of the crash, said she noticed smoke emanatin g from the runway. She said she had not noticed any arrivals or departures since the crash.

-- Video from the scene posted on YouTube showed dark gray smoke rising from the plane, which appeared to be upright. Evacuation slides could be seen extending from one side of the aircraft, from which there was no apparent smoke.

-- The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a "go team" that will be led by chairwoman Deborah Hersman to investigate the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, the agency said Saturday.

-- CNN affiliates KVTU and KGO have live aerials of the scene.

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