The landing gear on a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed as it landed at La Guardia Airport yesterday, sending the Boeing 737 skidding across the runway on its belly as flames and sparks shot into the sky.
The crash landing — which came without warning — terrified the 149 passengers and crew members, who escaped the smoke-filled plane on emergency chutes (above).
A dozen were hospitalized.
“I heard people screaming,” said Evan Schreiber, 24 of Manhattan, who was on the flight. “We didn’t know if the plane was on fire. The captain didn’t come on the PA or anything.”
Steve Czech, who witnessed the crash from a nearby plane, said he saw the aircraft careen on the tarmac. “It was screeching. There was fire coming out on both sides,” he said.
(Reuters) – An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 300 people on board crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul and burst into flames, and initial reports said two people were killed and over 70 injured.
Pictures taken immediately after the crash showed passengers streaming off the plane. TV footage from the air later showed the badly damaged fuselage of the Boeing 777 blackened by fire and the plane’s tail broken off.
The airline said the plane had carried 291 passengers and 16 crew members.
(Reuters) – Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in rural Missouri on Saturday, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar, authorities said.
Two freight trains that collided at a rail intersection, collapsing an overpass in Missouri May 25, 2013, are pictured in this photo courtesy of KFVS12. Mike Mohundro of KFVS12-Handout via Reuters
None of the seven people hurt in the fiery crash – two train workers and five people who had been in two cars on the overpass – suffered life-threatening injuries, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said in a statement.
Footage purports to show the moment a Boeing 747 US cargo plane crashes on its ascent from Bagram airbase, Afghanistan on Monday. The crash has resulted in the death of all seven American crew members on board. The exact cause of the crash is unknown, although there were thunderstorms in the area. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash