Passenger jet crashes in San Francisco

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Two people have been killed and dozens more injured after a plane crash landed at San Francisco airport.

The Asiana Airlines-operated Boeing 777 jet, which had 307 people onboard, was flying in from the South Korean capital Seoul when the accident happened on Saturday.

Passengers were forced to jump down emergency slides as flames tore through the fuselage.

According to one eyewitness, the plane cartwheeled along the runway and there was a brief fireball.

The tail section of the jet was ripped off and the main body of the plane suffered severe fire damage.

Numerous flights headed to San Francisco were diverted to other airports.

It is unclear at this stage what caused the crash. Investigators will now begin piecing together the sequence of events that led up to the disaster.

Asiana is a South Korean airline, second in size to national carrier Korean Air. It has recently tried to expand its presence in the United States.