Asiana 214 Crash Photos

The NTSB gives us a closer look at the investigation of the Asiana 214 crash.

**The crash of Asiana 214, a Boeing 777, at San Francisco International Airport, was the first fatal commerical airplane crash in the United States in more than four years. There were 307 passengers and crew onboard. Many were injured and two passengers died. ** (Photos courtesy of NTSB)NTSB
**Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board at work getting a handle on the details of the crash. Because the flight recorders were recovered almost immediately and because all of the flight crew survived, the accident very likely will be well understood in short order. **NTSB
**Amateur video taken of the crash sequence appears to show the 777 striking the seawall at the approach end of Runway 28 and then clearly spinning 180 degrees in midair before landing again on its belly, a sequence that very probably resulted in the saving of countless lives, compared to if the airplane had landed on its back and made deploying the emergency slides far more difficult or impossible. **NTSB
**The fuselage was largely intact, though the tail broke off, apparently after hitting the seawall as the airliner hit around 1,300 feet short of the normal landing spot for the 777. Debris was scattered far and wide, including an engine that was ripped from the wing and wound up many yards away from the rest of the wreckage. **
**An investigator examines the tail section of the Boeing 777, which came to rest more than 100 feet from the beginning of the runway and more than 1,000 feet before the usual landing zone. Based on video footage of the crash, it appears likely that the tail was torn off when the rear of the airplane struck the seawall at the approach end of Runway 28, sending the airliner out of control and careening down the runway. **NTSB
**Investigators examine part of the Boeing 777's landing gear that separated from the airplane during the crash. Despite the tremendous force of the impact, amazingly, there was relatively little loss of life. **NTSB
**When first responders arrived on scene, the oxygen masks in the cabin had deployed. It is not yet known whether they were deployed by the crew for some reason or by the force of the impact, which is said to have torn overhead bins from the ceiling. **NTSB