Third Chinese Student Dies from Asiana Crash (Updated)

A Chinese teenager has died from wounds sustained in the crash of Asian Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport last Saturday. She is the third fatality from the flight; all three of those killed were students from Zhejiang who were flying to California to attend summer camp, Reuters reports:

The teenage girl, who died on Friday morning, had been in critical condition, according to a statement from two doctors at San Francisco General Hospital. Her parents asked the hospital not to release further information.

The girl was a Chinese national, according to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. She was part of a group of students from eastern China who were visiting the United States to attend summer camp, one of the trip organizers said. He said she was 16. [Source]

Meanwhile, San Francisco police have confirmed that one of the other students who died, Ye Mengyuan, was run over by an emergency vehicle on the scene after the crash. But it has not yet been determined whether the accident caused her death.

Update (July 13, 4:45 pm PST): The girl has been identified; she was 15 years old. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Liu Yi Peng, 15, of Jiangshan City in the Zhejiang province, died Friday, the same day police confirmed that another fatally injured student in the student group, Ye Meng Yuan, 16, had been run over by a fire truck. It is not known whether Ye was still alive at the time.

Liu had been rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where she had been in critical condition since the airplane clipped a seawall on July 6, spun off the runway and caught fire.

[…] San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault confirmed the identity of the third fatality and said Saturday that Liu was still in her seat when she was rescued.

Results of an autopsy are pending, he said. [Source]

China Daily reports that Asiana Airlines has published an apology in Chinese newspapers:

“We at Asiana Airlines would like express our utmost sympathy and regret for the distress experienced by the Chinese people and government,” the airline said. “We apologize most deeply for the passengers of flight 214 and their families as a result of this accident.”

“Although the cause of the accident is still under investigation, Asiana Airlines promises to closely cooperate with related institutions in the ongoing investigation,” the statement added. “We will take effective measures to prevent such accident from happening, and make an all-out effort to regain the trust of the Chinese people.” [Source]

July 12, 2013 8:06 PM
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