San Francisco plane crash victim killed by fire truck


One of the victims of the July 6 Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco died after being hit by a responding fire truck, the coroner announced Friday.

From‘s Jaxon Van Derbeken:

An autopsy performed by [San Mateo County coroner Robert] Foucrault’s office did not conclude which vehicle ran over Ye, but it is believed to be one of the large San Francisco Fire Department rigs that responded to the July 6 crash at San Francisco International Airport.

“She has crushing injuries that are consistent with a motor vehicle collision,” Foucrault said. The coroner said investigators do not know how many times the girl was run over as firefighters raced to extinguish a fire on the plane.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White appeared at a press conference in San Mateo with Foucrault to apologize and extend her condolences to Ye’s family. They flew to the Bay Area from China after the crash but were not at the press conference.

“We would like to express sorrow for the deceased and their families and keep them in our thoughts,” Hayes-White said. “Obviously this is very difficult news for us – we’re heartbroke. We’re in the business of saving lives.”

Ye Meng Yuan’s body was under at least a foot of foam, reported.

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According to sources, a Fire Department helmet-mounted video shows the foam-covered location where a rig drove over Ye, who was buried in as much as a foot of foam at that time. The video then shows a firefighter pointing to the spot where the body crossed the path of a vehicle.

However, because the body was covered with foam, it is unclear whether that was the first time a rig had run over the girl.’s full story is here.

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  • DS

    What a shame. As an ex driver of an engine company it hits me harder, knowing it could happen in just about any situation. Chaos, while at the same time people taking time to bring their carry on, and duty free items. Passengers probably panicked when the flames started billowing. We’ll never know. My heart goes out to that driver too.