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

Image: Softpedia

Dwayne Wade Surprises Teen At High School Prom

Dwayne Wade Surprises Teen At High School PromDwyane Wade accepted the YouTube prom invitation of a local high school senior during the Miami Heat’s break between playoff series, proving once and for all that the Heat are in full-on cruise control through the 2013 NBA playoffs.

‘Willingness to embarrass herself’

According to WSVN TV in Miami, Nicole Muxo cooked up a video request to the Heat shooting guard after she struck out in her attempt to get Wade to accompany her to a homecoming dance earlier in the year. Anyway, her persistence and willingness to embarrass herself paid off in a big way, as D-Wade actually showed up to surprise her at the big dance. He relayed the news via his Instagram account.

‘Extracurricular activities’

Wade earned major “good guy” points for the effort, but he somehow hasn’t caught any flak yet for taking time out of his postseason schedule to attend high school dances.

It’d be one thing if Miami was engaged in a series at the moment, but since the team is sitting around and waiting, Wade’s extracurricular activities are really no big deal. Besides, perhaps one of the new dances the kids are doing these days will function as physical therapy for Wade’s bad knee. What’s really impressive about this whole thing is that a simple YouTube request got the job done.

What do you think of Dwayne Wade’s stint as a high school prom date? Would you invite him to your prom, too?

Source: Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report

Image: Huffpost Miami