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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U.S. Moves Warship Closer To North Korea

U.S. Moves Warship Closer To North KoreaA U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News that the Navy had moved the U.S. destroyer to a location near South Korea. The ship, the USS McCain, is equipped with the Aegis defense system and is capable of shooting down missiles.

‘Steadily escalating threats’

The defense official said the decision is not part of the ongoing joint military exercise with South Korea but part of the Navy’s general movements. The Navy had the same type of ship in this location as recently as December. But, the positioning comes after the Pentagon dispatched two F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea to join Seoul forces in a training exercise, and after other demonstrations of U.S. capability last week.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that Kim Jong Un’s steadily escalating threats follow a “pattern,” but one that must be taken seriously. He said the U.S. is now taking “prudent” measures to “reassure our allies, demonstrate our resolve to the North and reduce pressure on Seoul to take unilateral action.”

‘State of war’

This would include efforts to boost missile defense, last week’s rare flight of B-2 bombers to South Korea and likely the decision Sunday to deploy F-22 Raptors to Osan Air Base in South Korea. With analysts warning that the biggest threat from North Korea is that it could start a war by going too far and provoking South Korea, Carney suggested the shows of strength are aimed at deterring the North from crossing that line.

Carney, though, said that despite the “harsh rhetoric” out of Pyongyang, the U.S. is not seeing changes to the country’s “military posture,” such as any “large-scale” mobilizations or positioning of forces. The F-22 flight came after North Korea warned that the Korean Peninsula had entered “a state of war.”

Is a war likely to erupt between the two Koreas? Will Kim Jong Un carry out his threats to the U.S. and its allies?

Source: Fox News

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