San Francisco, Cali. - BREAKING: The FAA confirms a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing Saturday at the San Francisco International Airport. News 96.5 is following this breaking news story on-air and online.
At least two people were killed Saturday when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed and burst into flames while landing at San Francisco International Airport, a fire department source told KTVU.
It was not known how many passengers have survived the crash, but victims were being taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.
Firefighters and emergency crews from San Francisco, Redwood City, San Mateo responded to the airport and dosed the burning plane with foam to extinguished the fully engulfed aircraft.
Meanwhile, officials have closed all access to the airport and arriving flights were being diverted to nearby Oakland International .
Flight 214 from Seoul was on direct flight and was landing onto runway 28 at around 11:30 a.m. According to a witness, the plane was just about to land -- its landing gear had come down -- when the tail of the plane came off.
After wobbling for a minute, it appeared that the aircraft flipped upside down, coming to a stop on runway on it's back, according to witness Kathy Muhler.
Chopper footage from over the crash showed that the wings were still attached, contradicting the possibility that it rolled over on its back.
When it came to a halt, smoke was pouring from the aircraft. Fire crews responded minutes later, Muhler said.
According to Redwood City Fire Department, three alarms have been called and responding crews are reporting passengers in need of burn treatment.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced it was sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to determine the cause of crash. The team will be lead NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman.
As of noon, all flights into SFO were canceled because of the crash and all roads to the aiport were closed -- CHP suggested drivers avoid Hwy 101 and use I-280 instead.
It was unclear when SFO would be re-opened.
According to his Twitter feed, David Eun, the executive vice president of Samsung, was on the flight when it crashed.
"I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal..." tweeted Eun minutes after noon Saturday.
The 777-200 is a long-range plane from Boeing. The twin-engine aircraft is one of the world's most popular long-distance planes, often used for flights of 12 hours or more, from one continent to another. The airline's website says its 777s can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.
The last time a large U.S. airline lost a plane in a fatal crash was an American Airlines Airbus A300 taking off from JFK in 2001.
Smaller airlines have had crashes since then. The last fatal U.S. crash was a Continental Express flight operated by Colgan Air, which crashed into a house near Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 2009. The crash killed all 49 people on board and one man in a house.