San Francisco Airport Reopens Runway After Asiana Jet Crash

San Francisco International Airport has all four of its runways open for the first time in almost a week after Asiana Airlines Inc. (020560)’s Flight 214 crash-landed July 6 on runway 28L.

The fourth runway reopened today at 5:05 p.m. local time, the airport said in a statement. Southwest Airlines Co. was the first to land on the reopened runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board released the runway to the airport on July 10 and released the airfield yesterday. The fuselage of the Boeing Co. 777 was moved from the site today and transported to temporary storage, the airport’s statement said. The Federal Aviation Administration made a series of flyover flights this afternoon to check the navigation systems and the alignment of runway lights and other markings.

The airport closed 28L after the Asiana plane slammed its tail into a seawall at the end of the runway, then crashed and caught fire. Three of its 307 passengers were killed and more than 200 were taken to hospitals.

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