Asiana Airlines Plane Crashes At San Francisco Airport

Asiana Airlines Plane Crashes At San Francisco AirportIt had been an uneventful 10-plus hour flight from Seoul, South Korea, approaching San Francisco’s airport on a clear summer day. Then, in a few horrifying seconds, that calm was shattered.

‘Lopped off entirely’

A fireball erupted after the Boeing 777 airliner hit the runway hard around 11:30 a.m., rocked back and forth, spun around, shearing off the plane’s tail. Scores of passengers and crew climbed out — some jumping, others sliding down evacuation chutes as flames and smoke billowed from the aircraft’s windows.

Two people were found dead outside the plane, according to San Francisco fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. The airline identified the dead girls as students Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16. Somehow, 305 others survived.

Video taken soon after the crash and posted on YouTube showed dark gray smoke rising from the plane, which was upright on its belly, with no landing gear evident. Its roof was charred and, in spots, gone entirely. The back of the plane appeared to have been lopped off entirely..


‘No signs of terrorism’

Investigators from Washington and Seoul are heading to northern California trying to answer a simple question. How did this happen? While the exact cause will take months to determine, the South Korean Transport Ministry said “the tail of the Asiana flight hit the runway and the aircraft veered to the left out of the runway.”

Members of South Korea’s Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board will travel to San Francisco, that agency said. They’ll be joined by a “go-to” team from the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board, led by chairman Deborah Hersman. Right now, they’re not sure what they’ll find, though a U.S. national security official has said there are no signs of terrorism.

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Source: Greg Botelho | CNN

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World’s Oldest Supermodel Stuns At Fashion Week

Carmen Dell’Orefice was born before Fashion Week even existed. The 81-year-old, who walked the runway for both Marimekko and Norisol Ferrari at NYFW on Monday, is the oldest working supermodel in the industry and proud of it.

Discovered at 13, while riding a New York City bus with her mom, she landed the cover of Vogue only three years later. That was back in 1947, when $7.50 an hour was the going rate for the gig. Her iconic white hair, which she’s left dye-free for decades, has set the highest bar for aging gracefully.

She’s had a little help, according to Today show correspondent and interviewer Jenna Bush Hager (yes that, Jenna). Dell’Orefice admits to using fillers for “cracks in the ceiling,” but it takes a lot more than an injection to be one of the most in-demand models after 66 years in the business. Her shoulders thrust back in triumph, projecting a couture-worthy regality uncommon on the runway these days.


It’s the kind of peacocking pride only a veteran of the business can pull off. It’s also a throwback to the days before slump-shouldered models, minimalism and Kate Moss made high fashion more bone-dry. She’s onto something: Older women with cash to spare have become a coveted demographic for marketers of luxury products. As a result, fashion has started is taking cues from women once considered past their prime.

Still in the world of modeling, youth is remains the beauty standard. While models as young as teenagers still share the stage with the likes of Dell’Orefice, there isn’t much competition. She’s already been the teen model and done the ‘it’ girl thing. She’s also posed for Salvador Dali, married and divorced multiple times, had a child, quit modeling, raked in millions, and lost it all to Ponzi con-man Bernie Madoff, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. Dell’Orefice has personally intersected with some of modern history’s most famous and infamous cultural touchstones, and she isn’t slowing down at 81.

Do you agree that Carmen Dell’Orefice can still pull it off at 81? Tell us what you like most about her!

Source: Yahoo News

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