Deadly Crash of Asiana Airlines Boeing 777

The Boeing 777, registration number HL7742 was included in the Asiana Airlines fleet in March 2006. The flight OZ214 was scheduled as transpacific flight from the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco International Airport in the United States. It took off from Incheon airport on July 6, 2013 at Korean time 16.35 hours and was scheduled for landing at San Francisco on July 7, 2013 at local time 11.28 hours. There were total 307 people abroad including the passengers and the crews. There were 19 passengers in the business class and 272 passengers in the travel class. Total number of cabin crews was 16. Majority of the passengers were Chinese citizens 141, Korean Citizen 77 and US citizen 61.

On July 7, San Francisco had a very good weather with good visibility and flight was given clearance to land on runway 28. The pilots followed visual approach with assistance from the Precision Approach Path Indicator. Suddenly, the landing gear and the tail of the plane hit the seawall and the plane crashed at the threshold of the runway. The engines and the tail section separated and the plane was covered with dense smoke. Out of the 307 people abroad, two passengers died on the spot and another died in a hospital after a few days. Total 187 people were injured, out of which 49 people sustained serious injuries.

It was the first crash of Boeing 777 since its inception in 1995. At the time of the crash, the plane has completed 36000 flying hours and 5000 takeoff and landing cycles. Asiana Airlines opened an emergency response center at its headquarters and started investigation about the cause of the crash and injuries sustained by several passengers cooperating with all government agencies for facilitating investigation. via losangeles.cbslocal