Passenger Elliott Stone, who was returning from a martial arts tournament in South Korea, told CNN that he was sitting in the middle of the Asiana jetliner when it crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport.
“All of a sudden the engine is just off,” he said. He said that after a jolt, the plane seemed to tip over and then burst into flames.
“Everyone was pushing, rushing out,” he said.
While fire officials said emergency chutes deployed, Stone told CNN, “there wasn’t any slides or anything. We just jumped out.”
He said those in the center of the plane were in good condition, but those in the back, where the flight attendants were seated, had more serious injuries.
“There were five that we saw that were just terrible,” he said.
He said passengers huddled in groups waiting for help for what seemed an eternity.
“The ambulance took 20, 30 minutes,” he said. “It was pretty ridiculous.”
The Boeing 777 passenger jet with 307 people on board crashed on landing shortly before noon Saturday, killing at least two on board and injuring dozens of others.