Airliner Crash Lands, Burns At San Francisco Airport

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) -- A Boeing 777 bound from South Korea crashed Saturday upon landing at San Francisco International Airport., sending up a huge fireball and spinning before finally coming to a stop -- having lost its tail and, eventually, much of its charred roof.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 left Seoul's Incheon International Airport earlier Saturday, according to FlightAware, a website that offers tracking services for private and commercial air traffic. An airline spokesman in Seoul told CNN that 291 passengers and 16 staff members were aboard.

At least 28 people hurt in the crash were being treated late Saturday afternoon at area hospitals -- 15 at San Francisco General Hospital, five at Stanford Hospital, five at California Pacific Medical Center's St. Luke's Campus and three at St. Francis Memorial Hospital -- hospital spokespeople said.

San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that facility was expecting another 15 patients. At least 10 who were already in that hospital -- eight adults and two children -- were in critical condition. Tents have been set up outside the hospital's emergency department.

San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that facility was expecting another 15 patients. At least 10 who were already in that hospital -- eight adults and two children -- were in critical condition. Tents have been set up outside the hospital's emergency department.

The U.S. Coast Guard has transported one person to Stanford Hospital, said Corrine Gaines of the military branch.

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