Coroner confirms plane crash victim was killed by emergency vehicle

By WEEK Producer

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Coroner confirms plane crash victim was killed by emergency vehicle

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM CDT

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Officials in California have confirmed the cause of death a 16-year-old passenger killed in the aftermath of the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport earlier this month.

The San Mateo county coroner, along with the chief of the San Francisco fire department confirmed that one of the three victims of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash, 16-year-old Meng Yuan was killed by an emergency vehicle during the rescue operation on July 6.

"Today, the cause of death of Asiana flight passenger Ye Meng Yuan is listed as multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle,” said Coroner Robert Foucrault. “Those injuries she received, she was alive at the time."

"Obviously, this is very difficult news for us. We're heart broken. We're in the business of saving lives and many lives were saved that day on July 6 related to Flight 214,” said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “I continue to be very proud of all the men and women of our department, many of our members risked their lives to save passengers and crews that day, but obviously with the coroner's finding on Ye Meng Yuan it's very difficult and devastating news for all of us. I want to assure that every aspect of our response that day is currently under review and we will continue to examine the response that very day. “

The NTSB has said the plane’s airspeed was too low as it came in for landing. An investigation is underway.