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2 dead , 182 hurt in San Francisco Plane Crash

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There are two confirmed fatalities from the crash landing of Asiana flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport.

The two killed have been identified as 16-year-old girls Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia from China.

There were 291 passengers and 16 crew members on board.

182 people were taken to the hospital, and at least 49 were in critical condition as of late Saturday. The remaining 133 had minor to moderate injuries.

An NTSB team from Washington DC headed to San Francisco to lead the investigation into the nation's first commercial jet crash in more than a decade. Chairman Deborah Hersman will head the team.

Witnesses said the plane was on approach to the airport, landing gear down, and so was the tail.

The tail hit first, sending the plane into a spin. The aircraft tore apart and burst into flames.

The flight crew deployed the emergency chutes and at least123 people got off the plane and walked away unhurt.

People who saw the final seconds before impact say the plane didn't have a chance.

"The wheels. They were too low. They hit first, and the rest of the plane just collapsed immediately," Mike Murphy says.

The passenger included 61 Americans, 141 Chinese, and 77 South Koreans.

Korean Aviation officials will join the investigation since the plane originated there.

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