Cox High School graduate among survivors of plane crash in San Francisco

Cox High School graduate among survivors of plane crash in San Francisco

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Cox High School graduate among survivors of plane crash in San Francisco

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by Associated Press and 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 8:56 AM

SAN FRANCISCO -- I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal...

That was the tweet David Eun shared on Twitter shortly after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.

Eun graduated from Cox High School in Virginia Beach and was the the valedictorian of the Class of 1985.

At least 2 people died and dozens of others were hurt in the crash. Survivors jumped down emergency inflatable slides to safety. 181 people had to go to to the hospital. By late Saturday, crews had accounted for all people who had been on the jetliner.

Eun spent several hours after the landing updating friends, family, and a growing number of Twitter followers through the social networking site/app as well as the similar Path:

Fire and rescue people all over the place. They're evacuating the injured. Haven't felt this way since 9/11. Trying to help people stay calm. Deep breaths...

Lots of activity here. Friends, pls don't call right now. I'm fine. Most people are totally calm and trying to let the fire and rescue do their jobs. Just like during 9/11, most people are great and try to be helpful in crisis...

At Terminal now. Very grateful I'm ok. Thanks for all your best wishes but please do not call me right now. Will keep everyone posted.

Just went through customs. Adrenaline rush is subsiding. Just trying to process all this. Really glad that most everyone I saw seemed ok, with just a few minor injuries. Thinking a lot about family and friends right now...

LOTS of officials with badges and uniforms but no updates. No communications. Waiting...

About 7 hours after the landing, he wrote:

Just left SFO. Thanks everyone for your support and good wishes! Wishing the best for those who were hurt.

The Boeing 777, which flew from Seoul, South Korea, was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.

A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.

Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

A call to the airline seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

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, and joined the oneWorld alliance, anchored by American Airlines and British Airways.

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.

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Associated Press writers Joan Lowy in Washington, D.C., and Scott Mayerowitz in New York contributed to this report.

 

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