(LA TIMES) – The two passengers killed in a fiery plane crash in San Francisco were identified Sunday as two 16-year-old Chinese girls who may have been part of a group coming to the United States for summer camp.
Asiana Airlines identified the victims as Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan. The two were part of a student group from Jiangshan Middle School in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, according to Chinese media reports.
The Xinhua News Agency reported that dozens of students and teachers from various parts of China were aboard the flight the flight that crashed Saturday. The news agency said that many of the students on teachers on board were going to summer camps in the United States.
Asiana Flight 214 originated in Shanghai and stopped in Seoul before flying to San Francisco International Airport, where it crash-landed, killing the girls and injuring more than 180.
The bodies of the two teenage victims were found on the runway, said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. It was not clear whether they had been pulled from the plane or ejected.
Also Sunday, the head of Seoul-based Asiana, South Korea’s second-largest airline, apologized for the crash.
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