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San Francisco plane crash causing delays in east coast airports

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Updated: 7/07/2013 12:25 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Airports across the country, including Jacksonville International Airport, are feeling the effects of a deadly plane crash in San Francisco.

Christina Davidson arrived in Jacksonville from San Francisco just after 8 p.m. She says her cellphone lit up as soon as she landed.

"My friend texted me and she was like 'Oh my gosh I thought you were on that plane coming from San Francisco'. I said 'Oh no I'm not on that plane' but she was like freaking out," said Christina Davidson.

Davidson was still in the air when news broke and had no idea the airport she had just left became the scene of a deadly plane crash.

Other passengers like Carrie Solomon waited patiently at JIA after learning her flight was canceled.

"I believe it's due to the crash landing in California. Our plane, that we were supposed to get on this afternoon, was laying over in Dallas and from there I think that plane was headed to California," said Solomon.

It's a ripple effect making its way to the East Coast. As crews investigate what went wrong, no flights will come in or out of San Francisco.

"They're on-sight now and they know how to collect the material. They're professionals at what they do, they're gathering the evidence so they can recreate the accident," said Randy Reep, aviation attorney.

Randy Reep, who is also professional commercial pilot, says a special accident investigation team with the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of gathering evidence.

According to Reep, recovering the flight data recorder known as the "black box" is especially critical.

"They're going to record what's going on in the cockpit as well as the flight control input. The great thing about science is we're going to be able to know what caused this mishap," said Reep.

As for Davidson, she's just thankful her flight landed safely.

"I was really grateful that I wasn't on that plane but I was praying that everyone else was OK," said Davidson.

According to Reep, 1,200 Boeing 777 planes are in existence and are highly reliable air crafts. The Boeing 777 doesn't typically fly out of JIA because they're designed for 8,000 miles of travel.

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