"Look at that one -- look at how his nose is up in the air."
The big Boeing jetliner looked a bit odd to aircraft buff Fred Hayes as it neared the runway at San Francisco
International Airport on Saturday. It seemed to be low, and its nose was tilted sharply upward.
Then a banging sound echoed across the water,
and the jet flipped nose-down and skidded in an orange-and-gray cloud. Hayes captured the scene on video while on a walk with
his wife along San Francisco Bay, about a mile away."Oh, my God," Hayes said as Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tore into the tarmac and skidded across the ground. "Oh my God. Oh, my God. Oh, Lord have mercy."
The crash-landing left two dead and hurt 182 people, six of whom were in critical condition Sunday. But 123 others walked away unhurt.
Hayes and his family were on a weekend visit to San Francisco, where he had a job interview on Friday.
He said he had been focusing on a taxiing United Airlines jet when the Asiana flight caught his eye.
"When I caught the plane coming into view, everything looked fine at first until I kind of fixed my gaze on him,
and I seen his nose up in the air," Hayes said. "And then I just totally locked on him.
I thought he was going to take off and go up, and then he just kept going down."
The Boeing 777 appeared "maybe a little lower than some of the other planes" as it approached, "but I couldn't say that for sure," he told CNN's Don Lemon.
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