Saturday’s crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 hits home for thousands in Everett, where the aircraft is built. The aircraft is one of the area’s biggest economic engines.
“It’s pretty sad. You don’t see this very often,” said Amy Bellesheim, a Boeing employee.
Bellesheim is a manufacturing engineer for the Boeing 777, in charge of the aircraft’s central computer. She’s also a new pilot and couldn’t help but watch coverage of what happened at San Francisco’s airport.
“When you see that image, you think, ‘how the heck did anybody survive that?’ The image of it on fire is scary to see,” she said.
That same fear is felt around the community.
“Pretty much everyone around here is affiliated with Boeing of some sort,” said Bellesheim.
“The Washington people, it’s like this is our company. Seeing them go through the struggle, it really hurts,” said Sandra Anderson, an Everett resident.
Anderson and her family have been keep close watch of updates all day.
“They said they lost the tail and then, when it landed, it lost the roof. It’s kind of weird. Like, how did that happen?” she said.
“The National Transportation Safety Board will definitely be all over that,” said Bellesheim.
From suppliers to builders, the 777 supports tens of thousands of jobs and is one of Boeing’s best sellers. As of last month, the company has delivered more than 1,100 of them around the world.