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CBS Video: Chaotic Scene At Asiana Crash Site

9:00 AM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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By Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

New York, NY -- CBS News has broadcast dramatic video, never seen publicly, of firefighters and emergency workers at San Francisco airport swarming around the scene of an Asiana Airlines crash last summer where a teenage survivor was later run over and killed by a firetruck.

Ye Meng Yuan, 16, who was on the plane with a school group from China, was one of three passengers who died after the plane crash-landed in July. There were 304 survivors.

The flight had originated in Shanghai, China, with a stopover in Seoul.

The video came from cameras mounted on a firefighter's helmet and a firetruck. CBS says it obtained the video from a source close to Ye's family, who is suing the city of San Francisco, claiming the rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.

At one point, a firefighter is shown on a camera aboard "Rescue Truck 10" rushing to direct an arriving firetruck around the injured teenager, who is laying motionless on the ground. CBS says a coroner ruled that at that point Ye was still alive.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, stop, stop, stop," a firefighter on the video shouts to the driver. "There's a body right there, right in front of you." CBS says the driver ran over Ye about 15 minutes later. The helmet camera also shows another truck running over the body.

Justin Green, one of the attorney presenting Ye's family, tells CBS News all they want is "accountability."

"They want to know why weren't the firefighters trained, why weren't the supervisors certified and why hasn't the fire department come clean about what happened?" Green says.

The San Francisco Fire Department has not commented on the pending litigation in the case.

Last month, however, Chief Joanne Hayes-White told KPIX, "Our members that day had difficult decisions to make."

"One was visualizing someone that appeared to be dead versus going onto the burning plane with reports of people that still needed to be rescued," she noted.


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