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NTSB investigates airliner crash on San Francisco runway

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The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to probe the crash of an Asiana airliner.
    
NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said Saturday that NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman would head the team.
    
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Flight 214 from Seoul to San Francisco crashed while landing on runway 28 left at San Francisco International Airport. Brown said the crash occurred at 11:26 PDT, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.
    
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.
    
A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.
    
Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

President Barack Obama is expressing his gratitude to the first responders at the scene of the airliner crash in San Francisco.
    
The White House says in a statement that Obama has directed his team to stay in constant contact with federal, state and local partners as they investigate and respond to the accident.
    
The White House says the president's thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected by the crash.

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