Asiana Crash: Charges Not Coming Against Firefighter in Girl's Death

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 05:32 PM

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Charges won't be filed against a firefighter who responded to the Asiana and accidentally ran over and killed a young survivor.

Covered in firefighting foam, Chinese student Ye Mengyuan, 16, initially survived the July 6 crash but was run over by the fire truck responding to the scene.

The death "was a tragic accident that did not involve any violation of our criminal laws," San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in a news release, according to The Associated Press.

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Wagstaffe said he arrived at his decision after reviewing police, fire and other first responder reports, the coroner's investigation and numerous videos of events at the scene.

In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the Boeing 777 survived the crash, although dozens of people were injured.

Ye and a friend were seated at the back of the plane that came in too low and too slow, clipping its landing gear and tail on a rocky seawall just short of the runway.

It was unclear how Ye got from the airplane to the spot where she died. Investigators believe she was down on the ground and not standing during the aftermath of the plane crash.

Anthony Tarricone, an attorney for Ye's family, said he was not surprised criminal charges were not filed.

"It's really not the subject of criminal prosecution," he said. "It's properly the subject of civil action, which we intend to prosecute."

He said he had not been in touch with Ye's family about the District Attorney's Office's decision.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board has said it did not find any mechanical problems with the plane during a preliminary review.

But the plane's pilots, as well as the airline, have raised the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned.

Ye and her close friend, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, who also died, 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.

The third victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, later died at a hospital.

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