A third girl from Asiana flight 214 died Friday morning of her injuries, 6 days after the airplane crash-landed at San Francisco International airport.
The girl, whose identity was withheld at the request of her parents, was one of three Asiana passengers in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, abdominal injuries, and internal bleeding. The two surviving critically injured patients are adults.
Four other passengers remain in the hospital. Their conditions range from serious to good.
Meanwhile, investigators have confirmed that one of the other victims, 16-year-old schoolgirl Ye Meng Yuan, was hit by a fire truck racing to the airplane just after it crashed. Medical examiners haven’t yet determined whether the girl survived the crash only to be hit by the truck or whether she suffered fatal injuries from the plane’s impact. Her body was found covered in fire-extinguishing foam next to the seawall at the runway’s edge, where three flight attendants who were ejected from the plane while still buckled to their seats were found.
Ye Meng Yuan’s classmate and close friend Wang Linjia, 16, who also died of her injuries, was found among the rubble near the flight attendants, about 2,000 feet from the burning fuselage. Members of a martial-arts group returning from Korea who survived the crash called 911 and stayed with those who had been flung onto the tarmac until help arrived several minutes later.
A police spokesman told the Associated Press that Ye Meng Yuan’s body was eventually discovered under the foam in the truck’s tire tracks. Her body was discovered when one of the large fire trucks repositioned itself to fight the fuselage fire, the spokesman said.
Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia were two of several Chinese students from a “highly competitive” school in the affluent city of Zhejiang in eastern China traveling to a three-week summer camp near Los Angeles. Both were seated at the rear of the airplane.
The cause of the crash, which injured 182 of the 307 passengers and crew, remains under investigation.
According to the Associated Press, “… the investigation indicates the pilots, a trainee and his instructor, failed to realize until too late that the aircraft was dangerously low and flying too slow. Nothing disclosed so far by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators indicates any problems with the Boeing 777’s engines, computers or automated systems.”