Twitter Abuzz After San Francisco Plane Crash Kills 2, Injures 70

A survivor who tweeted after the incident gains thousand of followers in just hours

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    Since just moments immediately after the crash, social media has been abuzz over reports of the San Francisco International Airport plane crash. Kathy Vara reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013. (Published Saturday, Jul 6, 2013)

    Twitter was abuzz after an Asiana Airlines plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, killing two and injuring over 70.

    Flight 214 was arriving from Seoul, South Korea when it crashed as it was landing on Runway 28 at SFO. The Boeing 777 then caught fire, causing passengers to jump down emergency inflatable slides to reach safety.

    David Eun, a Samsung executive, was aboard the flight and tweeted after the crash. He gained thousands of followers just hours after sending his first tweet.

    “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine,” he wrote at 12:13 p.m. “I’m OK.”

    “Fire and rescue people all over the place,” he tweeted 10 minutes later. “They’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9/11.”

    Ten patients -- two adults and eight children -- were hospitalized in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. Many Twitter users offered prayers for those who sustained injuries.

     “My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to those in the plane crash today,” Hailey Knox, of Los Angeles, tweeted. “I hope everyone is okay.”

    Eun, who posted some pictures of the wreckage immediately after being taken to safety, was met with some backlash.

    “So you survive a plane crash and the first thing you do is Tweet a picture of it?” tweeted Elliot Hobson of Bolton, England. “Right then.”

    Though two out of the 291 passengers are confirmed dead by the San Francisco Fire Department, some users are glad most people escaped the crash unharmed.

    “Prayers to those involved in the SF plane crash,” tweeted Christine Ngo of Texas. “Luckily (the) majority of the people are safe, it could have been worse.”

    60 passengers are still unaccounted for, according to NBC News.

    Federal sources told NBC News that there was no indication of terrorism.