An autopsy is scheduled Monday to determine whether one of the two 16-year-old girls killed in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 died of injuries sustained when she was run over by arriving emergency vehicles or from the plane crash itself.
According to San Mateo county coroner Robert Foucrault, firefighters notified him that one of the girls may have been struck on the runway. Foucrault told reporters that there was a possibility one of the victims may have sustained fatal injuries from an incident “other than the airplane crash”.
Asked about the coroner’s claims, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee would not give an answer either way.
“Well there were a lot of reports given to me, some substantiated and some not,” he said. “I cannot go into that because it has not been substantiated. When we were out at the crash site looking for additional bodies we had all kinds of speculative conversations that were going on and everybody was patient to say that we have to wait for all these reports.”
The two victims, identified as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16 year old students at Jiangshan Middle School, were en route to a summer camp in Los Angeles.
As of Sunday afternoon 17 of the 53 passengers brought to San Francisco General Hospital remained hospitalised, including seven children. Six patients are believed to be in a critical condition.
The cause of the crash is still unclear, as is the way these days, amateur sleuths took to Twitter air their theories based on FlightAware data:
Now look closely at last 5 mins – Asiana #214 appears to drop very low 2 mins prior to touchdown. 28L is 13ft ASL. pic.twitter.com/L3fLo6ustC
— Dave McLauchlan (@DaveMcLauchlan) July 7, 2013
— Steve Baker (@sbaker) July 6, 2013
Inadvertently adding insult to injury, the Chicago Sun-Times ran the following headline on its July 7 front page, which many have perceived as racist:
[Image credit: Southern Metro Daily // Via: Beijing Cream]