San Francisco Plane Crash: Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash Timeline

A look at the final seconds of the flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

ByABC News
July 7, 2013, 3:10 PM

July 7, 2013— -- quicklist: 1title: Plane Crash in San Franciscotext: The devastating Asiana Airlines crash landing that killed two and injured nearly 200, happened in the final seconds of a 10 and a half hour flight from Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco on July 6, 2013. Here's a timeline of events:

quicklist: 2title: 11:27 a.m. PT text: Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was on its final approach when witnesses said it hit the ground hard -- tail first -- just feet from the runway, scattering debris before coming to rest on its belly, roughly 80 feet from the runway.

"It was going up and then it just like fell on the tail section and smashed down with this thunderous sound and then it bounced up and did a summersault," witness Eliot Harvey said.

With the tail was missing and the fuselage engulfed in flames, the Boeing 777 jumbo jet still had enough battery power to radio the tower, which already knew there was trouble.

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quicklist: 2title: 11:35 a.m. PTtext: Rescue crews race to the runway. At the scene, there was chaos. Some of the more than 300 on board Flight 214 were in the water, possibly trying to douse themselves after the plane went up in flames -- flames that firefighters rushed to put out.

"The chutes had already been deployed and we observed multiple numbers of people coming down the chutes and actually walking to their safety, which was a good thing," San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Saturday.

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quicklist: 4title: 1 p.m. PTtext: By 1 p.m., nearly 200 people were transported to hospitals.

"The most critically injured people came right away. Some of them had burns, they had fractures, they had internal injuries, internal bleeding, also head injuries ... we also saw spinal injuries," San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center spokewoman Rachael Kagan said.

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quicklist: 5title: 4:18 p.m. PTtext: Two people were confirmed dead by the San Francisco Fire Department. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who described it as a "fluid situation" and said that "not everyone has yet to be accounted for."

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quicklist: 6title: 7:47 p.m. PTtext: All passengers and crew were accounted for.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White initially said that "upwards of 60 people were unaccounted for," but San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee later said all the passengers had been unaccounted for.

The NTSB launches a full investigation into exactly what caused the crash.

"We have a lot of work to do. We're certainly going to be looking at the aircraft to try to find the cockpit flight recorders and flight data recorders as well as document the accident scene. It's still too early for us to tell," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman Saturday.

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