A woman from the valley was in San Francisco with her boyfriend Saturday to attend a wedding.
She was right across the bay from the airport and watched a plane as it crashed into the end of the runway.
Tempe resident Stefanie Turner was in San Francisco for a wedding when she snapped a picture of Asiana Flight 214 just seconds after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.
"We noticed an approaching plane was coming in and I could tell the angle was wrong. The tail of the plane was too low and so as it approached the runway I was kind of panicking," said Turner.
Turner says she and her boyfriend watched in disbelief as the tail of the 777 hit the ground and sheered off, sending the plane skidding down the runway.
"The tail of the plane, I think, hit the runway. And it just started...the tail broke off and started tumbling and rolling and it came to a rest on the runway and there was fire and smoke billowing out of it," said Turner.
Like other eyewitnesses, she wasn't sure anyone would make it out of the crash alive.
"We just kind of had this feeling standing there that we just watched a lot of people die and it was pretty awful," said Turner.
As she went back to her hotel room to watch the news, she was surprised to see people actually walking away from the fiery crash she witnessed just minutes earlier.
"The first kind of hopeful sign we saw was when we saw the rescue slides come out...because they were white and we could see them against the smoke," said Turner.
She said it was obvious to her the plane was not going to be able to clear the end of the runway because the tail was so low, something other eyewitnesses have also reported seeing.
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