San Francisco

July 19, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Foucrault, San Mateo County Coroner

"Today the cause of death of Asiana flight passenger Ye Meng Yuan is listed as multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle. Those injuries she received, she was alive at the time."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joanne Hayes White, San Francisco Fire Chief

"I particularly want to express our condolences and apology to the family of Ye Meng Yuan in light of the coroner's findings of this tragic accident. Wqe've reached out to the family through the consulate, China consulate general's office. Obviously this is very difficult news for us. We're heartbroken. We're in the business of saving lives and many lives were saved that day on July 6th related to flight 214. I continue to be very proud of all the men and women of our department. Many of our members risked their lives to save passenger and crew that day. But obviously with the coroner's finding on Ye Meng Yuan it's very difficult and devastating news for all of us. I want to assure you that every aspect of our response that day is currently under review. We will continue to examine our response that very day and of there are improvements that need to be made we will certainly look at them. There is an ongoing investigation that continues from the San Francisco Police Department related to this accident and as well we are fully cooperating and working closely with NTSB."


SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) _ A teenager survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle rushing to fight a blaze that broke out on the plane, authorities said on Friday.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, a Chinese student, died of multiple blunt injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle.

He did not say what that vehicle was, but San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said officials believe the girl was struck by a specialized fire vehicle.

"It's very difficult and devastating news for all of us," Hayes-White said.

Investigators believe the teenager was on the ground and not standing up when she was struck, Hayes-White said.

Foucrault declined to go into details on how investigators determined she was alive before she was struck, but said they could tell from internal hemorrhaging.

Authorities confirmed last week that Yuan was hit by a vehicle racing to extinguish flames that broke out on the Boeing 777.

Police said she was on the ground and covered in fire-retardant foam that rescuers had sprayed on the wreckage.

Ye Meng Yuan and her middle school classmate, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, died on July 6 at San Francisco International Airport. The other victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died at a hospital July 12. Dozens of others were injured.

Yuan and Linjia were students at Jiangshan Middle School in Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province in eastern China, Chinese state media has reported.

They were part of a group of students and teachers from the school who were heading to summer camp in Southern California. Yuan and Linjia were seated at the back of the plane, federal investigators have said.

Meanwhile, the probe into the crash itself continues. Investigators have said the plane came in too low and too slow, clipping its landing gear and then its tail on a rocky seawall just short of the runway.