Video from a firefighter’s helmet camera following the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport shows rescuers were aware there was someone on the ground outside the plane, before a girl was fatally run over by a fire truck.
CBS News first aired parts of the footage showing the chaotic aftermath of the July 6 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday night. CBS said it obtained the video from a person close to the family of the girl who was killed, 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan.
Fifteen minutes after the driver of a fire truck was alerted to where she was, the video shows that same truck running over her, according to CBS. The helmet camera shows another truck driving over Yuan minutes after that, according to CBS News. The San Mateo County coroner has confirmed that Yuan was killed by a fire truck.
It’s still unknown how Yuan got out of the plane. Interviews for an ongoing National Traffic Safety Board investigation found Yuan was covered with firefighting foam and struck twice.
“At least five firefighters knew of her presence before she was covered in foam; nobody examined her, nobody touched her, nobody protected her, moved her or did anything to take her out of harm’s way and then they abandoned her there,” said Anthony Tarricone, an attorney for Yuan’s family.
San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Mindy Talmadge said Wednesday that she could not comment on the video because of the pending litigation, though she confirmed there were a couple of videos and a few still photographs of the scene that were taken by firefighters and turned over to the department. The videos and photographs were given to attorneys who have filed lawsuits representing victims of the crash, Talmadge said.
Firefighters told investigators they assumed the girl was dead and hurried on toward the damaged aircraft, according to documents released by the NTSB.
In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the plane survived after the airliner slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach for landing.Asiana AirlinesBay Area NewsSan Francisco International AirportYe Meng Yuan