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January 15th, 2014
05:12 AM ET

Asiana Crash Video: Firefighters Saw Injured Girl Before She Was Run Over

Teenager Ye Meng Yuan didn't die from a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last July. She actually survived the impact - only to die shortly later when a fire truck ran over her.

Now, newly released video obtained by CBS suggests emergency workers saw Ye's injured body on the ground before she was fatally struck - challenging earlier claims that she was accidentally run over because she may have been covered in firefighting foam.

In the footage, one firefighter tried to stop an emergency vehicle racing toward the scene.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body ... there's a body right there. Right in front of you," the firefighter told the driver.

The video was captured on a camera attached to a firefighter's helmet. CBS said it obtained the footage from a source close to Ye's family.

Another video from a fire truck shows a firefighter on the ground directing the truck around a victim, who was not covered in foam at the time.

Ye was eventually run over by a fire truck, San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White said last July.

"I particularly want to express our condolences and apologies to the family of Ye Meng Yuan," the chief said. "We're heartbroken. We're in the business of saving lives ... There's not a lot of words to describe how badly we feel about it."

A California coroner ruled that Ye was alive when flung from the plane but died of "multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle."

"Those injuries she received, she was alive at the time," San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

The 16-year-old girl's parents have filed a claim against the city and county of San Francisco, saying emergency responders "were grossly negligent."

Attorneys for Ye's family say emergency workers who spotted Ye on the ground "failed to move her to a safe location, failed to mark her location; failed to protect her from moving vehicles in the vincinity of the Aircraft where it was known that vehicles would be traveling; failed to alert commanders at the scene; and/or abandoned Ye Meng Yuan in a perilous location."

A court may eventually have to decide whether fire crews in the video were negligent and should be held accountable for the girl's death.

The San Francisco Fire Department has not responded to CNN's request for comment. CBS said the fire department wouldn't comment on their report due to pending litigation.

Two other people died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed at the San Francisco airport. The National Transportation Safety Board said the jet descended in altitude faster than it should have, and had a slower forward speed than intended.

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July 10th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

NTSB: Asiana pilot-in-training had first-time instructor – Miguel Marquez reports

The investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 continues with stunning new details this morning.

According to the head of the NTSB, of the three pilots in the cockpit at the time of the crash, the "flying pilot" was training on the Boeing 777 and the pilot "instructing" him was doing it for the first time.

The pilots tell investigators they had trouble with the "auto-throttle", a device that regulates speed. It was on and set to 137 knots, but seconds before the crash, the plane had slowed dangerously to 103 knots.

Miguel Marquez explains the developments live from San Francisco.

“We also know that no blood was taken from the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 in the hours after that crash,” Marquez reports. “U.S. officials saying they have no jurisdiction over foreign crews.”

Tune in to CNN or read along at CNN.com for updates on the investigation.

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July 9th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Emergency responders climbed into fuselage to save passengers – Gary Tuchman reports

NTSB investigators continue to try and zero-in today on what caused Asiana Airlines Flight 214 to crash-land at San Francisco's airport, killing two people.

They are focusing on the speed of the plane as it came in for a landing, which was said to be "low and too slow".

But incredibly, more than 300 people survived the crash-landing.

CNN is hearing for the first time from some of the emergency responders who climbed into the fuselage to save some of their lives.


CNN's Gary Tuchman
spoke with two fire firefighters who were among the first on the scene.

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July 8th, 2013
06:01 AM ET

The investigation into Flight 214 – Rene Marsh reports

CNN is covering the latest on Asiana Airlines Flight 214, coming in for a landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday when something went terribly wrong.

The plane slammed into the runway, killing two and injuring more than 180.

CNN has learned that the pilot in the captain’s seat had only 43 hours of experience flying the Boeing 777. This was his first landing in this plane at San Francisco International, though he had landed other jets at the airport before.

And the crew tried to abort the landing just seconds before the crash. But there may not have been enough time.

CNN’s Rene Marsh is reporting the latest.

Follow along on CNN.com for more on the investigation.

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July 8th, 2013
05:32 AM ET

What went wrong with Asiana Flight 214? – Miguel Marquez reports

CNN is reporting new details about the man who was at the controls of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it went down Saturday.

Two were killed in the tragedy and more than 180 injured.

South Korean officials say the pilot had little experience flying a Boeing 777, and had never landed one at this airport before, though he had landed there in other planes several times.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is live At san Francisco International Airport with more about how this seemingly routine flight turned tragic.

Follow along at CNN.com for more details.

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