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SAN FRANCISCO — The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report that confirms a plane crash near the airport on Friday night caused major traffic disruptions and widespread damage to the airport.
The NTSB said the plane, a Cessna 208, struck a tree in a parking lot and then crashed on the runway of San Francisco International Airport.
The plane, which was a Pratt & Whitney JT-7, was traveling about 30 miles per hour when it came down about 50 feet from the runway.
According to the NTSB, the pilot was able to avoid the crash, but the plane sustained severe damage and needed to be towed away from the airport about 10:45 p.m.
San Francisco International was evacuated to a parking area at about 2:45 a.m., and officials said that after the plane was towed away, about 5,000 passengers and crew were allowed to return to the terminal.
“There was extensive damage to some buildings and to the runway,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
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The plane’s pilot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the FAA.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A spokesman for the airport said the runway is closed.
At the same time, some travelers were able to get off the plane safely and return to their terminals, but some were stranded at the airport for hours, said Jennifer O’Neill, spokeswoman for San Francisco’s airport authority.
She said the airport has not reopened as of 3:15 a.g.
She said the aircraft is now being inspected for any structural damage.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the NTSBs National Transportation Traffic Safety Board at 1-888-424-4949 or the FAA at 1 (800) 829-3500.
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