Officials are expected to announce Friday whether a 16-year-old Chinese student was accidentally killed on the runway by an emergency vehicle responding to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214.
The San Mateo County coroner’s office has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to discuss the death of Ye Mengyuan following the plane’s July 6 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport, officials said.
Ye was one of three passengers killed. Her body was found close to the aircraft’s left wing. San Francisco police confirmed last week that a fire truck responding to the incident hit her.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported early Friday that Ye was alive when she was hit.
Gordon Shyy, public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department, said the girl was outside the jet and covered in fire retardant foam when the fire truck "went over her."
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said last week that fire officials immediately notified police -- as well as the FBI and National Transportation Safety Board -- when they learned Ye might have been struck. The drivers of all five trucks at the scene tested negative for drugs and alcohol, she added.
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