Authorities in San Francisco are investigating a claim that one of the two 16-year-old passengers killed in a Boeing 777 crash may have been run over by an ambulance.
The plane was carrying 307 passengers from Seoul in South Korea when it apparently hit a sea wall in front of the airport runway, causing its tail to be ripped off.
The coroner investigating the plane crash said senior fire department officials had notified him that one of the teenagers may have been struck on the runway.
The pair were on their way to a summer camp in the US, part of a group of 70 students and teachers from China’s eastern Zhejang province.
Many in the party are being treated for serious injuries in hospital, and their families are travelling from China to California to be with them.
Dr. Margaret Knudson, Chief of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, praised the work of emergency staff: “I have to say that, whoever triaged these patients at the airport did a fabulous job, because they got to us the sickest patients in the shortest period of time – or I don’t think those patients would have survived, truly.”
It has been confirmed that the pilot in charge of the plane had 43 hours of experience flying 777s.