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Cutting of fuselage may be to blame for smoke at Asiana wreckage

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July 12, 2013: In this image from video provided by ABC7 News/KGO-TV a section of the fuselage of Asiana Flight-214 is removed at San Francisco airport early Friday morning. (AP)

Heat and friction generated while crews were cutting the fuselage of Asiana Flight 214 might be to blame for smoke seen from the wreckage.

KGO-TV cameras captured smoke billowing from the site overnight Friday. The news station says the wreckage began smoking moments after crews used a sling to lift the fuselage.

 San Francisco International Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says the fuselage was cut into two pieces to make it easier to transport. He says fire trucks at the scene doused the smoke before it turned into a fire.

Much of the wreckage has now been removed from the site.

Yakel says the goal is to reopen the runway late Sunday.

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