The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday did not have mechanical problems, the company’s CEO told reporters on Sunday, according to published media reports.
“We purchased this airplane in March 2006… currently we understand that there are no engine or mechanical problems,” AFP quoted Asiana Airlines CEO Yoon Young-Doo as saying during a news conference.
Two people were killed and dozens injured when the airplane — flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea — apparently clipped a sea wall at the edge of the runway as it was about to land, according to news reports. The plane’s tail was destroyed and the mid section of the plane was “gutted,” according to an ABC News Radio report.
There were 291 passengers and 16 crew members on the plane at the time of the crash. One person remained missing, CNN reported.
Video on Fox News Channel showed debris scattered along the runway and the plane resting in the grass and atop foam spray deployed by emergency crews responding to the crash. Survivors could be seen leaving the plane and boarding airport buses, ABC reported.
The NTSB is investigating the wreck.