Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home > Topics > Safety
December 15, 2013

SF runway death prompts crash rescue training

Airport-based responders will undergo a 40-hour course on dealing with plane disasters in the aftermath of the Asiana crash response that killed a survivor

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters who work at San Francisco International Airport are receiving additional training on how to respond to airplane crashes following the Asiana Airlines accident in which a teenage girl from China was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles while lying injured on the runway.

Commanding officers from the San Francisco Fire Department's airport division will receive 40 to 80 hours of advanced instruction next year at the Fire Training Research Center at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Instructors from the center already have provided basic disaster response training in San Francisco to 80 of the department's firefighters and paramedics.

Federal rules require all rank-and-file firefighters assigned to U.S. airports to have disaster response training. Before the July 6 crash, the San Francisco Fire Department had its own in-house training program, but the three commanders in charge of the South Korean airliner crash had never undergone it, according to the Chronicle.

"There are many lessons to be learned here," Assistant Deputy Chief Dale Carnes, who oversees the department's airport division, said during a National Transportation Safety Board hearing on Wednesday where he announced the changes.

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 hurt on the runway.

Documents released Wednesday revealed 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.

Several firefighters told investigators they had seen a body that would turn out to be Yuan's when they first arrived at the crash site but concluded the person was dead without checking for a heartbeat or pulse. An autopsy revealed that Yuan was alive before the vehicles hit her.

Asked during the safety board hearing to elaborate on the lessons the accident had provided, Carnes said the department would develop a better system for keeping track of immobile disaster victims.

Associated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

"We are developing strategies to lessen the potential for firefighting vehicles impacting accident victims," he said.

The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.
No comments

EMS1 Offers

Sponsored by

We Recommend...

Connect with EMS1

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google+

Get the #1 EMS eNewsletter

Fire Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips, columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
Enter Email
See Sample

Online Campus Both

Safety Videos