Firefighter not charged in death at airport

SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said Friday.

Chinese student Ye Mengyuan, 16, survived the July 6 crash only to be run over by a firetruck while she was covered in firefighting foam, authorities have said. The death ‘‘was a tragic accident that did not involve any violation of our criminal laws,’’ San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in a news release.

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.

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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.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 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.