[QODLink]
Americas

Family sues over death after US air crash

City faces lawsuit over death of Ye Meng Yuan, thrown alive from crashed aircraft but then hit by emergency vehicles.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2014 03:17
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Ye Meng Yuan was thrown from the aircraft as it crashed on the runway [Al Jazeera]

The parents of a teenager run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.

In a claim filed this week, lawyers for the parents of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan say firefighters who first saw the girl after the July 6 crash should have examined her and moved her somewhere safe.

Yuan was among several people catapulted from the aircraft as it broke up after hitting a seawall at the end of the runway while landing.

Emergency vehicles then hit Yuan as they travelled to the crash scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed Yuan was alive before the vehicles hit her.

Firefighters told investigators they assumed she was dead and hurried on toward the damaged aircraft.

Investigations after the crash showed that emergency services were at first slow to respond, and that emergency calls revealed an urgent need for more ambulances and medics.

In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the plane survived the crash.

169

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Featured
As nuclear age approaches eighth decade, visitors flock to historic bomb craters at New Mexico test sites.
Venezuela's president lacks the charisma and cult of personality maintained by the late Hugo Chavez.
Despite the Geneva deal, anti-government protesters in Ukraine's eastern regions don't intend to leave any time soon.
Since independence, Zimbabwe has faced food shortages, hyperinflation - and several political crises.
After a sit-in protest at Poland's parliament, lawmakers are set to raise government aid to carers of disabled youth.
join our mailing list