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Girl, 15, is identified as third plane crash victim

Dies of critical injuries in California

SAN FRANCISCO — The girl who died of injuries suffered in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco was identified by Chinese state media Saturday as 15-year-old Liu Yipeng.

China News said she went to school with the other two victims killed in last week’s accident, a pair of 16-year-old girls.

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Liu Yipeng’s identification came a day after her death was announced amid the official confirmation that one of the other girls who died in the disaster had been covered on the runway in flame-retardant foam and hit by a firetruck speeding to the crash site.

The disclosure of the truck accident raised the tragic possibility she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.

Liu Yipeng, whose name was first reported in the United States by KGO-TV, died Friday morning at San Francisco General Hospital where she had been in critical condition since the July 6 accident.

Friends and strangers have left condolences on Chinese social media sites in her memory.

Jianshang Education Bureau director Mao Zhuoxing confirmed Liu Yipeng’s identity to China News. Her age was not disclosed. All three girls killed were from China.

No one knows yet whether the teenage victims lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed Friday that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a firetruck racing to help extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

‘‘The firetruck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is, ‘What was the cause of death?’ ’’ San Francisco 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 Meng Yuan’s close friend Wang Linjia 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 onto the tarmac.

Moments after the crash, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, Wang Linjia and some flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet away. A group of survivors called 911 and tried to help them.

The victims were close friends and top students, looking forward to spending a few weeks at a Christian summer camp in California, where they planned to practice English and boosting their chances of attending a US college.

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