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Jan 29, 2014 4:31 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

San Francisco: Rescuers didn't kill Asiana victim


The city of San Francisco is contradicting a coroner's findings that a girl survived an airliner crash in July only to be run over and killed by rescuers at San Francisco International Airport.

Instead, the city says in a report obtained Wednesday that 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan died when she hit the ground after the force of the impact tossed her from the jet.

The conclusion is contained in a report the city filed with the National Transportation Safety Board. City officials say it is based on NTSB reports and interviews by federal investigators, not a medical evaluation.

The report says that neither of two NTSB reports noted dust, dirt, debris or firefighting foam in the trachea or lung tissues of Meng Yuan.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said San Francisco's conclusions are not accurate.

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