ID emerges of third girl to die of SF plane crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm •  Published: July 13, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The name of a girl who died of injuries suffered in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco emerged early Saturday.

Chinese state media identified her as Liu Yipeng (LEE'-ow EE'-peng). China News says she went to school with the other two victims killed in last week's accident, a pair of 16-year-old girls.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault on Saturday also confirmed 15-year-old Liu Yipeng's identity and said the girl was still in her seat when she was rescued last week.

Foucrault said Liu Yipeng was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with head injuries. An autopsy was being conducted on Saturday, the coroner said.

Liu Yipeng's identification comes a day after her death was announced amid the official confirmation that one of the other girls who died in the disaster had been covered on the runway in flame-retardant foam and hit by a fire truck speeding to the crash site, a disclosure that raised the tragic possibility she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.

Liu Yipeng, whose name was first reported in the U.S. by KGO-TV, died Friday morning at San Francisco General Hospital where she had been in critical condition since the July 6 accident.

Friends and strangers have left condolences and lit virtual candles on Chinese social media sites in her memory.

Jianshang Education Bureau director Mao Zhuoxing confirmed Liu Yipeng's identity to China News. Her age was not disclosed. All three girls killed were from China.

No one knows yet whether the other two teenage victims lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed Friday that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

"The fire truck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is, 'What was the cause of death?'" San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said. "That's what we are trying to determine right now."

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said the results of his initial inquiry into the deaths would likely be released sometime next week. He would not comment on the police investigation.

Ye Meng Yuan's close friend Wang Linjia was among a group of injured passengers who did not get immediate medical help. Rescuers did not spot her until 14 minutes after the crash. Wang Linjia's body was found along with three flight attendants who were flung onto the tarmac.

Moments after the crash, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, Wang Linjia and some flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet away. A group of survivors called 911 and tried to help them.

Survivors said that after escaping the plane, they sat with at least four victims who appeared to be seriously hurt. They believe one of them was one of the girls who died.