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Boeing 777: The “Triple-7″ Has Recorded The First Fatalities Since 1995…

The Boeing 777 aircraft recorded its first fatalities since 1995 as an Asiana Airlines plane with 307 people crashed during landing at the San Francisco International Airport:

Boeing 777 plane crash-lands at San Francisco airport

A Boeing 777 aircraft has crash-landed at San Francisco international airport, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, officials say. Pictures posted on Twitter showed passengers jumping down the inflatable emergency slides and leaving the area, as plumes of smoke rose from the plane. More than 300 people were on Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which had taken off from South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The airline said mechanical problems did not cause the crash.

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Reports say that at least two people were dead:

Boeing 777 crash lands in San Francisco – Financial Times

At least two people were killed when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 from Seoul carrying 307 people crash landed at San Francisco International Airport late on Saturday morning. The potential death toll at one point seemed likely to climb much higher, with San Francisco city officials warning hours after the accident that more than 60 people were still unaccounted for. But by early evening the number unaccounted for had been cut to one.  Of 291 passengers and 17 crew on the flight, which originated in Shanghai before passing through Seoul, 49 were taken immediately to hospital, with another 132 less seriously injured following later. Witnesses said that the plane had landed short of the runway. Most flights coming into the airport approach over the San Francisco Bay, dropping on to a runway built on land that juts out into the water. Pictures showed debris from the crash starting at the edge of the water, before the start of the runway. The jet’s tail broke off before the rest of the plane skidded off the runway. A fire on the right side forced passengers to escape on chutes along the left side of the fuselage, according to pictures taken before the plane was engulfed in flames.

Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco airport – Economic Times

The Boeing 777 was carrying more 300 people from Seoul when it crashed while landing in clear skies on Saturday morning. The airport has been closed until further notice, US Federal Aviation Administrationspokesman Lynn Lunsfor told AFP, after confirming the crash landing. California highway police also temporarily closed all roads near the facility — a major international hub, especially for flights to and from Asia. Local media reported there were around 290 people aboard and multiple witnesses said the plane had approached the runway at an awkward angle, with some onlookers saying they heard a loud bang. One dramatic photo tweeted earlier by someone claiming to be a survivor showed people streaming out of the jet, which was missing its tail. An inflatable slide was at the front entrance and at least part of the aircraft’s landing gear was separated from the fuselage. ”I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok,” the survivor, David Eun, wrote. But another photo from above showed a more distressing scene, with almost the entire roof of the plane and the cabin seating area destroyed by fire. The aircraft’s wings were still attached and other emergency exits also appeared to have been used.

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More importantly, the Boeing 777 aircraft is considered one of the safest airplanes in the global aviation industry as it is characterized as: “A marvellous bird:”

Boeing 777 Records First Fatalities in Its 18 Year History – ABC News

The Boeing 777, considered one of safest aircrafts in the sky, recorded the first fatalities since it was launched 18 years ago when the Asiana Airlines crashed at San Francisco Airport today. ”The triple-7 is one of the safest airplanes in use, it’s been a marvellous bird,” ABC News’ aviation analyst John Nance told ABC News Radio. “These airplanes are over the water, over the ocean all the time and Asiana has been running them many years very successfully.” On Saturday an Asiana Airlines flight crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, catching fire, tearing off its tail and injuring at least 40. The Boeing 777 — called the “Triple 7″ within the industry — began flying in 1995. According to Boeing, the first Boeing 777 plane is still in service and has accumulated 5 million flights and accumulated more than 18 million flight hours. The plane that crashed today was seven years old.  According to a Boeing report, the 777 has been involved in two hull loss accidents, which means the aircraft suffered damage, although neither accident involved fatalities. The fatalities in today’s crash were the first recorded in a Boeing 777 plane. The Asiana plane that is now laying wrecked on the San Francisco airport runway was powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, the company said. Pratt & Whitney said they are cooperating with the investigation, but said, “We are unable to offer any further comment as the investigation is ongoing.”

Finally, it is important t be mentioned that most of the times many factors play a crucial role in an aircraft accident, both human and technical. The Boeing 777 for sure has proved its record and flight value…

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