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Third plane crash victim named

The name of a third Chinese girl who died of injuries suffered in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco has emerged.

Chinese state media identified the girl as Liu Yipeng. China News said she went to school with the other two victims killed in the crash, two 16-year-old girls. The Chinese media reports did not give Liu's age.

Liu Yipeng died on Friday morning at San Francisco General Hospital where she had been in a critical condition since the July 6 accident involving the South Korean airliner. Friends and strangers have left condolences and lit virtual candles on Chinese social media sites in her memory.

Jianshang education bureau director Mao Zhuoxing confirmed Liu Yipeng's identity to China News.

Her identification comes a day after her death was announced amid news that authorities confirmed one of the other teenagers killed in the disaster was covered in flame-retardant foam and hit by a fire truck speeding to the crash site. The disclosure raised the tragic possibility that she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.

No one yet knows whether the other two teenagers lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed on Friday that Ye Mengyuan, 16, was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

"The fire truck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is 'What was the cause of death?'" police spokesman Albie Esparza said. "That's what we are trying to determine right now."

San Mateo county coroner Robert Foucrault said the results of his initial inquiry into the deaths would probably be released sometime next week. He would not comment on the police investigation.

Ye Mengyuan's close friend Wang Linjia, also 16, was among a group of injured passengers who did not get immediate medical help. Rescuers did not spot her until 14 minutes after the crash. Wang Linjia's body was found along with three flight attendants who were flung on to the ground.

Moments after the crash last week, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, Wang Linjia and some flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet (600 metres) away. A group of survivors called the emergency dispatcher and tried to help them.


From Belfast Telegraph