The Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed in San Francisco saw two fatalities and many injures, but no doubt it could have been much, much worse. Hundreds of people survived the crash and that is something to be grateful for. But that will not soothe the parents of the two 16-year-old girls from China who were coming to the U.S. for a Christian school exchange.
Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, who were at the back of the plane, were both thrown from the wreckage and found dead on the tarmac. It was assumed they both died when the tail was ripped off the body of the plane. But now investigators say that something else may have caused the death of one of the girls. In fact, she may have not died in the crash after all. She may have been run over by the very vehicle that was coming to the passengers' aid -- an ambulance.
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White reportedly told the press that one of the girls (it's unclear which one) had injuries consistent with being run over. She told the San Francisco Chronicle:
As it possibly could have happened, based on the injuries sustained, it could have been one of our vehicles that added to the injuries, or another vehicle. That could have been something that happened in the chaos. It will be part of our investigation.
I can only imagine how devastating it would be to hear your teen daughter -- whom you are sending to another country for a mere three weeks with her Christian group -- is killed in a crash landing.
But to hear that perhaps she survived and then was run over by an approaching ambulance?!
I realize that it must have been chaotic and that the ambulance was rushing to get to the scene and perhaps the girl was blocked by debris or something, but it just seems incredible that this could happen.
The parents of the two teen girls are expected in the U.S. today and they will be given the results of the autopsy report before the public gets it. Perhaps the ambulance hit her after her death? The parents must be shocked and devastated, but if they also find out that their daughter could have been saved but wasn't because of this tragic accident ... they will be horrified. If it were me, I'd also be furious.
Do you think you could understand if this happened to your child?
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