Emergency vehicle may have hit girl who died after plane crash

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San Francisco (CNN) – The pilot at the helm of the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco had no experience landing a Boeing 777 at that airport.

One of the two teens who died after the crash may have been run over by a first responder’s vehicle.

The revelations are the latest in a flurry of developments from the crash at San Francisco International Airport that killed two 16 year-old girls from China and sent 182 people to the hospital Saturday.

The flight, with 307 people on board, originated in Shanghai, China, and stopped in Seoul, South Korea.

It was preparing to land in San Francisco when the rear of the plane struck the edge of the runway, severing the tail and causing the plane to erupt in smoke and flames.

Questions surround tragedy

The San Francisco Fire Department said one of the girls killed may have been struck by an emergency vehicle, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

“Part of our examination is to determine the cause of death,”  Foucrault said. “Our examination will determine whether it was from the airplane crash or secondary incident.”

Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia were among 35 Chinese students headed to California to attend West Valley Christian School’s summer church camp, the school said on its website.

The two girls had signed up for the $5,000 summer program aimed to improve students’ English.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into reports that one of the girls may have been run over by an emergency vehicle.

“We are aware of the reports but don’t have any details yet,” NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. “Our investigators will be looking very closely at this issue … We are looking to determine if there are lessons to be learned from this accident.”

The San Francisco Fire Department has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

Pilot’s flight record

The pilot who was landing Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was making his first descent with a Boeing 777 at the San Francisco airport, the airline said.

But it wasn’t his first time flying to San Francisco nor his first time in control of a 777.

Lee Kang-kuk, the pilot who was in the captain’s seat, had flown from Seoul to San Francisco several times between 1999 and 2004, the airline said.

Including the flight Saturday, Lee flew a Boeing 777 nine times, clocking a total of 43 hours on that model of aircraft, Asiana said.

He has piloted a total of about 10,000 hours, the airline said.

Lee was one of four pilots on board who were working in shifts Saturday.
All four pilots have been interviewed by NTSB and South Korean investigators, according to Choi Jeong-ho, the head of South Korean’s Aviation Policy Bureau.

“We cannot reveal what’s been said as it is an on-going investigation,” Choi said.

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