Ye Meng Yuan (L) was alive when she was struck by a fire truck speeding to the scene of the Asiana Flight 214 wreck, officials confirmed Friday. She and classmate Wang Linjia (R) were the first two passengers confirmed to have died following the plane crash. A third passenger died in the hospital and dozens of others were injured.
A Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a fire truck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane, officials confirmed Friday.
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office announced that 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan had "multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle" and that she was alive before she was hit.
"I see this as a tragic accident," said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, adding that members of her department were "heartbroken" and that they are "in the business of saving lives."
Police and fire officials confirmed last week that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.
Police said she was on the ground and covered in fire-retardant foam that rescuers had sprayed on the wreckage.
Ye Meng Yuan and her middle school classmate, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, died on July 6 at San Francisco International Airport. The other victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died at a hospital July 12. Dozens of others were injured.
Yuan and Linjia were students at Jiangshan Middle School in Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province in eastern China, Chinese state media has reported.
They were part of a group of students and teachers from the school who were heading to summer camp in Southern California. Yuan and Linjia were seated at the back of the plane, federal investigators have said.
Meanwhile, the probe into the crash itself continues. Investigators have said the plane came in too low and too slow, clipping its landing gear and then its tail on a rocky seawall just short of the runway.
This story has been updated.