A Chinese student on board ill-fated Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing of the Boeing 777, only to be killed on the runway by an emergency vehicle racing toward's the downed plane, the San Mateo County Coroner' said Friday.
Ye Meng Yuan, 16, died from "multiple blunt injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicles. Those injuries indicate she was alive at the time,'' said coroner Robert Foucrault.
Yuan and 16-year-old classmate Wang Linjia were pronounced dead at the scene of the July 6 crash at San Francisco International airport. A third victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died from crash injuries July 12. More than 180 passengers were injured.
Police and fire officials confirmed last week that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a firetruck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777, but had not determined whether she was already dead at the time.
San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White said it appear a specialized emergency vehicle ran over a prone body. "Obviously, this is devastating news for us, a tragic accident'' she said. "We are heartbroken."
The tarmac was filled with crash debris. "It' was a difficult scene" to navigate, she said.