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S.F. Fire Chief: Plane Crash Victim May Have Been Run Over by Emergency Vehicle

"It breaks my heart that two 16-year-old girls lost their lives"

Injuries to one of the two teenage passengers killed when Asiana Flight 214 crash landed are consistent with her being run over, according to San Francisco's fire chief.

SFGate adds that an autopsy is being conducted for further evaluation.

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is seen on the runway at San Francisco International Airport after crash landing on July 6, 2013. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Sunday the unidentified 16-year-old girl, who was found near the evacuation slide near the left wing, could have been run over by "one of our vehicles...or another vehicle. That could have been something that happened in the chaos. It will be part of our investigation," SFGate noted.

Parents of Wang Linjia, center, are comforted by parents of some other students who were on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport, while they gather and wait for news of their children at Jiangshan Middle School in Jiangshan city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sunday July 7, 2013. Chinese state media have identified the two people who died in the plane crash at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, 16-year-old students at Jiangshan Middle School in China's eastern Zhejiang province. (Credit: AP)

More from SFGate:

Hayes-White said that a runway video recording of the first seconds of the crash could help unravel what occurred. "Part of it was pretty good vantage point," she said.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said the girl did not appear to suffer extensive burns.

The other girl appears to have died from injuries suffered when she was ejected about the time the tail of Boeing 777 hit the runway, he said. Autopsies, Foucrault said, were being conducted Sunday afternoon.

"The examination will determine the cause of her death - whether it was related to aircraft crash or another incident," he said. "At this point, we don't know."

The dead girls, Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia, were from China coming to the U.S. to visit Stanford University and then attend a three-week summer camp at a Christian school in the San Fernando Valley community of West Hills, officials said. [...]

"It breaks my heart that two 16-year-old girls lost their lives," she said. "I want to make sure that, just for everyone's closure, that the investigation is complete. The coroner will come to his conclusion."

(H/T: SFGate)




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