Coroner confirms: Asiana survivor killed by fire truck

Updated: 2013-07-22 11:18

By Chen Jia in San Francisco (China Daily)

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The 16-year-old Chinese girl who was killed at the scene of Asiana flight 214's crash-landing in San Francisco was still alive after surviving the initial crash before being run over by a fire truck and killed.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said on Friday that Ye Mengyuan died July 6 of multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle.

Wang Chuan, spokesman for the Chinese Consulate, said on Friday they "once again, offer our deepest condolences over her tragic death".

The accident happened on noon of July 6 when Asiana flight 214 crash-landed on approach to San Francisco International Airport with 307 people aboard.

A total of 141 Chinese passengers on the flight have been accounted for, including three dead teenager girls who had come to the US for summer camp.

The Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco has been urging US officials to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the death of the Chinese girl Ye Mengyuan, and release their findings as soon as possible.

"We have noted the efforts made by the US side to look into Mengyuan's death and disclose the truth," Wang said.

"We urge the involved parties of the US side to deal properly with the aftermath of Mengyuan's death and investigate and affix responsibility for this tragic accident," he said.

The Chinese consulate is providing assistance to the families affected by the accident, he said.

On Friday, Mayor Edwin Lee also issued a statement on the San Mateo County Coroner's release of findings on the death of Ye Mengyuan.

"I am profoundly saddened by the involvement of a responding emergency vehicle in the death of 16-year-old Ye Mengyuan. On behalf of the people of San Francisco, I offer my deepest condolences and regrets for her tragic death, and the deaths of her close friend Wang Linjia, and 15-year-old Liu Yipeng," Lee said.

"Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families and friends an ocean away," he said.

Lee also said the men and women of the San Francisco Fire Department are dedicated to their work and put their own lives at risk to save people.

Through the quick response and heroic decisions of our first responders, the lives of many of the 307 passengers and crewmembers on Flight 214 were undoubtedly saved that day, he said.

"This tragic accident is especially hard for them - and all of us - to endure," he said.

(China Daily USA 07/22/2013 page2)