A burned Asiana Airlines Inc. plane sits on the runway after it crashed landed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Saturday, July 6, 2013. A Boeing Co. 777 operated by Asiana Airlines Inc. on a flight from Seoul crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport, killing two and burning as passengers plummeted down emergency slides. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
BEIJING - The two Chinese victims of the Asiana Flight 214 crash in San Francisco were identified Sunday as teenage schoolgirls in eastern China, headed to the USA for a two-week summer camp.
Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16, were students at Jiangshan Middle School in Zhejiang province bordering Shanghai, reported China Central Television, citing a fax from Asiana Airlines, which operated the plane that crashed.
Of the 291 passengers on board, 141 were Chinese. At least 70 Chinese students and teachers were on the plane heading to summer camps, according to education authorities in China.
Anxious parents gathered Sunday around the school gate, said student Jiang Wenbin, 19.
"They are worried, and nervous, waiting for the news. They only have one kid in the family, so I understand them," Jiang said.
"One friend called me when he got off the plane, many of them are my good friends," he said before the two deaths were confirmed. "I am very worried about them, I wish them all safe."
Wang Renyuan, 17, a student at Quzhou No 2 High School, also in Jiangshan City, was shocked when he heard news of the crash.
"I learned calligraphy with Wang Linjia before. I am worried about her, she's still missing," he said Sunday before the deaths were confirmed.
Jiangshan is a fairly prosperous city in one of China's most developed provinces, so the approximate cost of the U.S. trip - about 29,000 yuan, or $4700 - is increasingly within reach for many families.
Wang Renyuan joined a summer camp trip to the U.K. organized by Jiangshan High School last year.
"It was a nice journey, nothing unpleasant happened," he said. "I am not worried about taking another flight in the future."
Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY