The parents of a 16-year-old passenger who died when an Asiana Airlines flight crashed at San Francisco International Airport in 2013 have quietly dismissed their wrongful death lawsuit against The City.
Ye Ming Yuan was among five people ejected from the plane when Asiana Flight 214 clipped a seawall while landing just before 11:30 a.m. on July 6. Of the more than 300 passengers and flight crew onboard, 181 were injured – 12 critically – and three killed, but the San Mateo County coroner concluded that Ye was run over and killed by emergency vehicles responding to the crash.
Ye’s parents Gan Ye and Xiao Yun Zheng filed their case against The City in U.S. District Court on Aug. 13, 2014, alleging that San Francisco firefighters and police responding to the crash failed to properly rescue the teen.
Neither Ye’s parents nor their attorneys appear to have issued a public statement regarding the dismissal, which was filed Friday afternoon, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
“Our hearts go out to the parents of Ye Ming Yuan and to all the surviving loved ones of the three who lost their lives in the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. “We’re grateful for a dismissal that will spare everyone involved the added heartache and costs of litigation, which we believed from the beginning to be without legal merit.”
Herrera also praised the efforts of San Francisco firefighters and police officers who responded to the scene that day.
“With thousands of gallons of venting jet fuel threatening unimaginable calamity, our firefighters initiated a daring interior search-and-rescue that within minutes extricated trapped passengers, and moved them safely to medical triage,” Herrera said. “In the face of great danger to their own lives, our emergency responders showed heroism and selflessness that day. They deserve our honor and gratitude.”
Earlier this year, more than 70 passengers aboard the flight reached settlements with the airline in connection with the crash.