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SFO Runway Death Leads to New Training

San Francisco news reports that firefighters working at San Francisco International Airport will be receiving additional training on the appropriate protocol in responding to emergencies.  This past summer, a teenage girl was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles while she was lying injured on the runway.    According to reports, the SFFD airport division will receive an additional 40 to 80 hours of disaster training next year. 

One of the three Chinese teenagers who died in the accident was a 16-year-old girl who survived the crash but became covered in firefighting foam and was run over by two fire trucks as she lay wounded on the runway.  Reports show that Ye Meng Yuan was struck twice — once by a fire rig spraying foam and again 11 minutes later by a second truck that was turning around to fetch water.

At a NTSB hearing earlier this week, a representative of the department's airport stated, “There are many lessons to be learned here."

The NTSB also concluded that the Asiana Flight 214 pilot didn’t fully understand the plane’s auto-throttle system and mistakenly believed that the computers would keep the plane above the minimum speed set for landing.  This miscalculation ultimately led to the deadly airplane crash.   The pilot, Kang-Kuk, was in training at the time of the accident.

It is unknown whether any personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits will be filed as the result of this accident.    A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury claim and may be filed by the surviving family members of a victim who has been killed as the result of another’s reckless or negligent conduct.

For more information concerning wrongful death or negligence, please contact a top Sacramento personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.