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Jet crash girl on fire helmet video

Published 16/01/2014 | 07:47

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Ye Meng Yuan was run over and killed by a fire truck following the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco (AP/CHINATOPIX)
An image from the helmet-mounted video camera of a San Francisco fire battalion chief at the scene of the crash of Asiana Flight 214 (AP/San Francisco Chronicle)

Video from a firefighter's helmet camera following the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows rescuers were aware there was someone on the ground outside the plane before she was fatally run over by a fire engine.

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CBS News first showed parts of the footage of the chaotic aftermath of the July 6 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport. The network said it obtained it from a person close to the family of the girl who was killed, 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, from China.

Fifteen minutes after the driver of a fire engine was alerted to where she was, the video shows the vehicle running over her, according to CBS, though footage of her being run over was not aired in CBS News's broadcast.

The helmet camera shows another truck driving over her minutes after that, according to the network. The San Mateo county coroner has said Yuan was killed by a fire engine.

It is still unknown how Yuan got out of the plane. Interviews for a National Traffic Safety Board investigation found she was covered with foam and struck twice.

"At least five firefighters knew of her presence before she was covered in foam, nobody examined her, nobody touched her, nobody protected her, moved her or did anything to take her out of harm's way and then they abandoned her there," said Anthony Tarricone, a lawyer for the girl's family.

San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said she could not comment on the video because of the pending litigation but confirmed there were videos and a few still photographs of the scene that were taken by firefighters and given to the department.

The videos and photographs were given to lawyers who have filed lawsuits representing victims of the crash, Ms Talmadge said.

Firefighters told investigators they assumed the girl was dead and hurried on towards the damaged aircraft, according to documents released by the NTSB.

"This is not a matter of us being careless or callous," assistant deputy chief Dale Carnes told the federal safety board last month. "It was the fact we were dealing with a very complex environment."

San Francisco's fire chief, Joanne Hayes-White, explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras after images from such a recording of the Asiana Airlines crash scene first became public. She told the San Francisco Chronicle she was concerned about the privacy of victims and firefighters.

The department subsequently said it was reviewing that policy.

In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the plane survived after the jet slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach for landing.

The impact ripped off the back of the plane, threw out three flight attendants and their seats, and scattered pieces of the jet across the runway as it spun and skidded to a stop.

Yuan was one of three Chinese teenagers who died. One died during the crash and another died later in hospital.

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