Girl Possibly Struck by Fire Truck After Plane Crash Identified

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By Bay City News
|  Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013  |  Updated 1:05 PM CDT
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Flight Simulator Gives Cockpit View of Crash

In this undated photo made available Monday, July 8, 2013, Ye Meng Yuan, left, and Wang Linjia, right, pose for photos with other classmates in the classroom in Jiangshan city in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Chinese state media and Asiana Airlines have identified the two victims of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport girls as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, students in Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province in eastern China.

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Flight Simulator Gives Cockpit View of Crash

A flight simulator provides a cockpit view from a Boeing 777 approaching SFO runway at speeds and altitudes of Asiana Flight 214. Stephen Stock reports.
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The families of two Chinese girls killed in Saturday's crash at San Francisco International Airport arrived in the Bay Area Monday night with questions about which of the two girls was potentially hit by a fire truck responding to the crash site, San Mateo County Coroner San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said Tuesday.

A representative from the coroner's office met with the two families today and revealed that authorities are trying to determine whether 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan was struck and possibly killed by an emergency vehicle, Foucrault said. She is on the left in the above photo.

However, Foucrault said that the coroner's office has not yet determined Ye's cause of death or whether an emergency vehicle struck her at all. He said the families knew that one of the girls' deaths was being investigated for that possibility but did not know which of the two.

The incident is also being investigated by San Francisco police and the National Transportation Safety Board while the fire department is conducting its own internal investigation, San Francisco Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Dale Carnes said Monday.

NTSB officials said Monday that video of the incident was inconclusive.

Ye and the other girl killed, 16-year-old Wang Lin Jia, were part of a group of Chinese students slated to attend a Southern California school with a group of 35 students in an exchange program.

The program was cancelled following the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which in addition to killing the two girls sent 180 of the plane's passengers to Bay Area hospitals.

 

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