3 teenage girls killed in Asiana crash were schoolmates in China


The three teenage girls killed in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco attended the same school in China, Chinese state media reported.

Two of the girls, Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, died at the scene of the crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

The third victim died Friday at San Francisco General Hospital, the hospital said, without disclosing her name, age or hometown. She had been listed in critical condition. China News identified the third girl as Liu Yipeng and said she attended school with the other two victims.


Ye and Wang, both 16, were part of a group of Chinese students on their way to West Valley Christian Church and School in West Hills for a three-week summer camp. Their bodies were recovered soon after the Boeing 777 clipped a seawall and slammed into a runway.

Ye’s body was found close to the aircraft’s left wing. San Francisco police confirmed Friday that a fire truck responding to the incident had hit her, but said the San Mateo County coroner had yet to determine the cause of her death.

Gordon Shyy, a San Francisco police spokesman, said the girl was outside the jet and covered in fire retardant foam when the fire truck “went over her.”

An investigation into the incident is continuing.

More than 180 people were hurt in the crash, with injuries including broken bones, road rash, spinal cord injuries and internal bleeding. San Francisco General, which treated 67 patients, said Friday afternoon that six remained hospitalized, including two adults in critical condition. Stanford Hospital, which saw 55 crash survivors, said Friday that its one remaining patient was listed in serious condition.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the crash is expected to take months to complete.


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