Early morning removal of wrecked plane caused some smoke

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撞上跑道後脫落的機尾部件。The tail Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on Saturday, July 6, 2013, is seen at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Smoke coming from the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport early this morning came from crews cutting through the charred aircraft, an airport spokesman said.

Around 5 a.m., a large portion of the plane was in the process of being removed from the runway. To help move the plane, it had to be cut into two parts, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

In the process of cutting through the metal, the friction caused some smoking, Yakel said.

Fire crews were standing by and were able to suppress the smoke and there was no fire, he said.

The removal is one of the final steps to reopen Runway 28L by Saturday after its closure since the deadly crash last weekend.

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