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Horrific new details into last summer’s deadly Asiana Airlines crash have emerged along with shocking new footage showing the fated passenger airline tumbling onto the San Francisco runway like never before.
Firefighter interviews and a National Transportation Security Board accident summary reviewed at an NTSB hearing Wednesday admitted for the first time that a teenage girl who survived the crash was fatally struck twice as she lay motionless near the airplane’s left wing.
Authorities in California confirmed months ago that 16-year-old Chinese student Ye Meng Yuan was alive on the runway and covered in firefighting foam when she was hit by an emergency vehicle at San Francisco International Airport and suffered the multiple blunt injuries that killed her. She was hit once by a fire rig spraying foam and again less than 11 minutes later by a second truck that was being turned around to fetch more water. “Shortly thereafter, the victim (no longer covered due to the displacement of foam by the vehicle tires) was pointed out to the fire attack chief,” the summary states. “He reported the victim over the radio and had the body covered with a blanket.”
Firefighter interviews show that crew members from the first truck had spotted Yuan on the ground, thought she was dead and took steps to avoid her body before the truck accidentally rolled over her while maneuvering closer to the plane.