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(SAN FRANCISCO) — A plane crashed Saturday afternoon at San Francisco International Airport, according to the FAA.

The plane was an Asiana 777 coming from Seoul, South Korea. The crash occurred as the plane was landing on SFO’s runway 28.

San Francisco EMS reports that 290 passengers were onboard along with one infant and 12 crew members. It is unknown if there were any casualties.

A video posted on YouTube showed gray smoke billowing from the plane, which was lying on the runway on its fuselage.

The plane’s tail section is missing and the landing gear has been sheared off. Inflatable evacuation slides have been deployed and passengers were seen exiting the plane, according to eyewitnesses.

A witness described to ABC News what he saw when the plane was landing.

“The nose of the plane was higher than usual for a plane coming in to land and I thought that was odd,” Stephen Dear said. “It got closer and closer. I saw the back tail hit the ground.”

“All of a sudden we heard five ambulances and we knew something was wrong,” said another eyewitness on the ground. “Then we looked behind us back at the airport… and we just saw this big explosion, black smoke, everything.”

Weather conditions were good at the time of the crash.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is aware of the crash and is closely monitoring the situation, a DHS official says.

All flights out of San Francisco Airport have been canceled, according to the FAA.

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