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Asiana crash aftermath video shows firefighters warned about teen

Published on Jan 16, 2014 7:43 AM
 
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane is engulfed in smoke on the tarmac after a crash landing at San Francisco International Airport in California on July 6, 2013. Firefighters responding to an Asiana Airlines plane that crash-landed in San Francisco in July were warned about the presence of a teenage passenger who was later fatally struck by an emergency vehicle, new video footage of the aftermath shows. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Firefighters responding to an Asiana Airlines plane that crash-landed in San Francisco in July were warned about the presence of a teenage passenger who was later fatally struck by an emergency vehicle, new video footage of the aftermath shows.

Ms Ye Mengyuan, a 16-year-old passenger from China, survived the initial impact of the July 6 crash only to be struck and killed by an emergency vehicle as she lay near the wreckage of the first fatal commercial airplane crash in the United States since February 2009.

The newly released footage has reignited controversy over Ms Ye's death, which a California prosecutor said was accidental and that the girl's body was hidden by foam on the runway when she was struck after the crash, which killed three people and injured more than 180.

One video, first released by CBS News late on Tuesday, shows a firefighter pointing to Ms Ye, who appeared motionless in a patch of dry grass without no foam nearby. Another video shows a firefighter flagging down a fire truck headed toward the plane.

 
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