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San Francisco Plane Crash Coverage: Networks Scramble To Cover Asiana Airlines Flight 214

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News of Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday sent broadcast and cable networks scrambling for coverage.

Cable networks including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News broke into wall-to-wall coverage of the event after reporting the crash around 3:00 p.m. (EST). CNN's Fredricka Whitfield and Don Lemon anchored hours of coverage, as did MSNBC's Craig Melvin and Fox News' Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers. MSNBC was live through 11:00 p.m. Fox News' Greta Van Susteren hosted a two-hour special from 9-11 p.m. (EST). Fox News aired two more hours of special coverage, lasting until 1:00 a.m.

Broadcast networks also broke in with special reports delivering news of the crash. ABC News' David Muir interrupted Wimbledon Tennis to report the breaking news just after 3:00 p.m. He wrapped his report shortly after 4:00 p.m. According to TVNewser, NBC News broke in with a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. that was anchored by Lester Holt. CBS News' Jim Axelrod anchored a special report just before 4:00 p.m.

Muir hosted a second report on Saturday evening, and the network said the host would anchor Sunday night's "ABC World News" from San Francisco. The network also sent Cecilia Vega and David Wright to report from the scene of the crash. On Monday, Muir will lead ABC's coverage for "Good Morning America" and "World News with Diane Sawyer." Cable networks continued its coverage of the Asiana Airlines crash throughout Sunday morning.

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