SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Video from a firefighter’s helmet camera following the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows rescuers were aware there was someone on the ground outside the plane, before she 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 at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night. CBS said it obtained it 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, though footage of her being run over was not aired in CBS News’ broadcast. The helmet camera shows another truck driving over her minutes after that, according to CBS News. The San Mateo County Coroner confirmed Yuan was killed by a fire truck.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported about the video’s content. 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 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.