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[BBC News] A Boeing 777 aircraft has crash-landed at San Francisco international airport, killing at least person and injuring as many as 30, diplomats say.

The plane reportedly landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport's Runway 28L

The plane reportedly landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport‘s Runway 28L

Pictures posted on Twitter showed passengers jumping down the inflatable emergency slides and leaving the area, as plumes of smoke rise from the plane.

Firefighters and rescue teams are at the scene of the downed Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which had taken off from South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

The cause of the crash is unclear.

Early indications suggest the plane came in too short and hit the seawall at the airport.

There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board, Asiana said.

While the sequence of events remains unclear, it appeared the plane landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport’s Runway 28L, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown.

Footage of the scene showed debris strewn on the runway and smoke pouring from the jet, as fire crews sprayed a white fire retardant into gaping holes in the craft’s roof.

One engine and the tail fin appeared to have broken away from the main wreckage.

Passenger David Eun tweeted a picture of people jumping out of the plane’s emergency inflatable slides and wrote: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…”

Mr Eun, who describes himself as a “digital media guy” and “frequent flier”, added: “Fire and rescue people all over the place. They’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9/11.”

A witness to the crash, Ki Siadatan, said the plane “looked out of control” as it descended over San Francisco Bay to land just before 11:30 (18:30 GMT).

“We heard a ‘boom’ and saw the plane disappear into a cloud of dust and smoke,” he told the BBC. “There was then a second explosion.”

He saw events unfold from the balcony of his home in the Millbrae area of San Francisco, which overlooks the airport.

Weather conditions were fine and there was little wind, he added.

Arrivals and departures at the airport have been suspended since the incident……

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6th July, 2013

[Business Mirror – Philipines] CEBU Air Inc., operator of Cebu Pacific, has applied for additional seat entitlements for flights bound to South Korea, an official said last week.

CEBU official said 'additional seats are equivalent to 21 flights a week or an additional three daily flights'.

CEBU official said 'additional seats are equivalent to 21 flights a week or an additional three daily flights'

“We asked for almost 4,000 seats, following the successful air talks held by the air panels of South Korea and the Philippines early this month,” said the airline’s vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog in an interview.

At present, the budget carrier operates the Manila-Incheon route twice daily; daily flights for Cebu-Incheon, four weekly flights for Manila-Busan route and another four-weekly flight for Cebu-Busan route. “The total flights for our South Korea destinations are 29 times weekly,” added Iyog.

The airline official said the additional seats are equivalent to 21 flights a week or an additional three daily flights.

Early this month, the Philippines and South Korea agreed to amend their existing air pact by expanding the number of entitlements of designated carriers of each country by half or an additional 9,500-weekly seats.

From 19,000 weekly seat entitlements being utilized by carriers on both sides this was increased by half for a total of 28,500 seats per week for each country, said Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla.

“Now both sides can mount as much as 28,500 seats per week. These seats can be used at any points in the country and the CAB will allot [these] depending on the requirement of an airline who files an application with us because we are the sole authority that grants entitlements,” said Arcilla.

The CAB is part of the Philippine air panel which negotiates for traffic rights with other countries. The other panel members include the departments of Transportation and Communications, Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Trade and Industry, as well as representatives from airline companies.

“Tourists from South Korea are our biggest market. Last year, we had about 925,000 Korean arrivals in the country and we see that increasing to 1 million this year,” he said.

The airline’s net income last year dropped by 47.6 percent to P3.62 billion mainly due to an increase in operating expenses brought about by higher fuel costs.

Expenses in 2011 grew by 34.3 percent to…….

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Sunday, 29 April 2012
Lenie Lectura / Reporter