Investigations have begun to find out why Asiana Airlines flight No. 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport which killed two passengers injured almost 200.
Witnesses say the plane came in too low and clipped a sea wall. One man says he say the tail of the plane come off and that it rocked back and forward before spinning around.
A passenger who broke his collar bone in the crash said that as soon as the plane touched down, he felt “something terrible has gone wrong”.
The FBI have ruled out a terror attack as the cause, but will continue to work with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the incident.
Asiana airline officials have confirmed the plane did not suffer from any mechanical failures, but also declined to blame pilot error.
They stressed the capabilities of all pilots on board calling them “experienced veterans”.
The deaths of the two Chinese teenagers on board are believed to be the first fatalities to occur on a Boeing 777, a model which has been in service since 1995, with an excellent safety record.
After the plane crash landed on runway No. 28, it burst into flames, and thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the main body of the aircraft until rescue crews tackled the blaze.
A San Fransisco airport spokesman confirmed that a component of their instrument landing system – a technology which tracks incoming aircraft’s glide path – had not been operating at the time of the crash, although it is not believed to be essential to landing in good weather conditions.
San Fransisco airport have reopened two of their runways, but many flights are being diverted elsewhere.