Thursday, December 18, 2014   

Chinese Asiana crash victim seen alive by American firefighters
(01-16 17:49)

Video footage from the helmet of a rescuer on a South Korean plane crash in San Francisco last year appears to show emergency teams failing to assist a teenaged Chinese girl who had survived, moments before she was accidentally run over by a fire truck.
Three passengers died when Korean carrier Asiana Airlines Flight 214 clipped a seawall with its landing gear, skidded off the runway and burst into flames at the end of a flight from Seoul to San Francisco on July 6, AFP reports.
One of the victims, Ye Mengyuan, 16, had been pulled alive from the plane and placed near one wing. But she was later run over and killed by a fire truck.
US prosecutors decided in October not to bring charges against the firefighter driving the truck.
CBS on Thursday broadcast segments of the video, allegedly obtained by a person close to the family of the victim.
The footage shows that firefighters knew there was a person lying on the landing strip.
The video shows a truck with rescuers approaching. The man with a camera installed on his helmet sticks out his hand and asks the truck to stop.
“There's a body right there, right in front of you,'' he says.
Then, a group of rescuers is seen running past the girl's body without stopping to check her vital signs.
Another 182 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 777 were injured, in the first fatal commercial airline crash in the United States since 2009.
The San Francisco Fire Department declined to comment on the video.
The department has already apologized to the girl's family.
   
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