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Monday, July 8, 2013

Asiana Plane Crash: Teen Victim "Possibly" Run Over by S.F. Fire Truck

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

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San Francisco Fire officials confirmed this morning at press conference that one of their rescue fire trucks rushing to the Asiana Airlines crash "possibly" ran over one of the two teenagers who were killed in the Saturday accident.

The two fatalities have been identified by Chinese state media and Asiana airlines as Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Linjia, Chinese teenagers who were part of a group of 29 students and five teachers on their way to West Valley Christian Church's camp in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, according to school authorities in China.

See Also: Citizen Video Captures Asiana Plane the Moment it Crashes

The San Mateo County Coroner's office reported that both girls were pronounced dead at the airport.

At the press conference, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White acknowledged it is possible one of their rescue vehicles ran over one the bodies, not explaining how it is known but adding that the pending autopsy from the San Mateo County Coroner will confirm the victim's cause of death, as reported by AP and KTVU.

"One of our fire apparatus may have come into contact with one of our two victims who was at the scene," SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said during the news conference. "I assure you we are looking closely at this."

The body that was possibly struck by the rescue vehicle was found on the left side of the aircraft about 30 feet away from where the Boeing 777 came to rest after it skidded down the tarmac, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told AP and KTVU.

The teenagers' families are expected to arrive in San Francisco sometime Monday, and Foucrault said to AP and KTVU that the families will receive the autopsy results before they are made public.

The two teenagers are the only fatalities of the Asiana Airline Flight 214, in which the Boeing aircraft crashed at SFO Saturday, resulting in about 168 injured.

The flight originated in Shanghai, China, and made a stop in Seoul, South Korea. According to Asiana, Flight 214 was carrying 291 passengers, including an infant, and at least 16 crew members.

According to the airline, 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans and 61 U.S. citizens were on board. The pilot, Lee Kang-gook, was reportedly still in training when he attempted to land the plane Saturday. He had flown from Seoul to San Francisco several times before, but this was his first time to land a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport.


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