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Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco International Airport

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Video from the scene posted on YouTube shows dark gray smoke rising from the aircraft. (Photo from CNN)

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The smoke billowing from the main runway at San Francisco Airport is now being cited as the reason for “the shutdown of the entire airport,” according to United Airlines employees. All flights arriving and departing from the airport have been halted.

(CNN) — The U.S. Coast Guard has transported one person linked to Saturday’s plane crash at San Francisco International Airport to Stanford Hospital, said Corrine Gaines of the Coast Guard. She did not provide additional information on the patient’s status.

(CNN) — A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, an FAA spokesman told CNN.

Flight 214 had flown across the Pacific Ocean from Seoul, South Korea.

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.”

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.

There were a few clouds in the sky around the time of the crash, with temperatures around 65 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The airport is about 12 miles south of downtown San Francisco.

Asiana Airlines is one of South Korea’s two major airlines, the other being Korean Air.

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

CNN’s Chelsea Carter contributed to this report.

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