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Asiana Flight 214 Victim Ye Meng Yuan's Death Preventable

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the death of Ye Meng Yuan, a passenger on Asiana Airline Flight 214 that crashed at SFO, was preventable.

Ye Meng Yuan, a 16-year-old student from China, was flying to the U.S. to attend an English language program in California. She and her friend were thrown from the plane when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) because they were not wearing seat belts. According to NTSB investigator Jason Fedok, the two girls would have probably survived.

Instead, Ye Meng Yuan was thrown onto the runway, where two firefighters saw her but decided she was dead. Though they had a chance to examine her to verify their conclusion, they failed to do so. Ye Meng Yuan was left on the ground near the plane’s left wing, still alive, when she was run over by two fire trucks. The first fire rig rolled over her 23 minutes after the crash, and the second one crushed her 11 minutes later. An autopsy performed by the San Mateo County coroner’s office determined that Ye Meng Yuan was alive when the fire rigs struck her, and that her death was caused by injuries sustained by the fire rigs.

Further, video footage revealed a window of opportunity for at least two firefighters to perform triage on Ye Meng Yuan and verify their visual assessments, but they failed to do so.

The NTSB investigation also noted “numerous problems with communication” among first responders to the crash scene.

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