SFO runway reopens after fatal Asiana Airlines crash 

click to enlarge A man looks at the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Friday, July 12, 2013. Two people were killed and dozens of others injured although most suffered minor injuries. Investigators have said the plane came in too low and slow. - AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU
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  • A man looks at the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Friday, July 12, 2013. Two people were killed and dozens of others injured although most suffered minor injuries. Investigators have said the plane came in too low and slow.

The runway involved in Saturday's fatal Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash has reopened, San Francisco International Airport officials said Friday.

Runway 28L reopened at 5:05 p.m. Fridday, and Southwest Airlines was the first airline to land on it, airport officials said.

Airport staff have been working to clear and repair the runway since Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, released the runway on Wednesday night and the airfield on Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration conducted a final inspection of the runway before clearing it for reopening, including special flyover flights Friday afternoon, officials said.

"The tremendous efforts and the around-the-clock work of airport staff, government agencies, airline tenants and contractors allowed us to complete all repairs and safety certifications for Runway 28L in a timely and efficient manner," airport director John Martin said in a statement.

The plane's fuselage was moved from the crash site early Friday morning to a section of the airport known as Plot 41 for temporary storage. It will be moved to a permanent location away from the airport within the next two weeks, officials said.

The crash, which occurred Saturday shortly before 11:30 a.m., killed three people, injured dozens of others, and caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled or delayed.

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