2 runways reopen in SFO, other airports absorb flights

(BCN)

San Francisco International Airport has reopened two runways after airport operations were shut down late this morning when an inbound Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing, killing two and injuring dozens.

The plane was Asiana Airlines flight No. 214, a Boeing 777 coming into San Francisco from Seoul, South Korea, when it crash-landed on runway 28L at about 11:30 a.m.

Airport operations were brought to a halt, and flights were diverted elsewhere, including to Mineta San Jose and Oakland international airports.

San Jose airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said 27 flights were diverted there, and that the airport was able to absorb them without disrupting other air traffic.

She said at about 3:45 p.m. that some of the flights were still on the tarmac awaiting word on whether they would be able to continue to San Francisco or whether to let passengers off in San Jose.

Barnes said the airport and airlines are assisting passengers in getting to their final destinations.

“We’ll all work together, everybody will find a way home,” she said.

Mineta San Jose is able to accommodate all aircraft with the exception of the Airbus A380, she said.

The crash also prompted SFO air traffic controllers to divert 11 airlines to Oakland International Airport and other flights to airports in Sacramento and Los Angeles, according to Oakland airport spokesman Brian Kidd.

Four of the airlines rerouted to Oakland were international flights, Kidd said.

Other flights scheduled to take off for SFO were grounded in their departure cities after SFO temporarily closed its runways, Kidd said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is the lead federal investigative agency into the crash and the Federal Aviation Administration is conducting its own investigation, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said.

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