Asiana Airlines Flight 214 lies burned on the runway after it crashed  at San Francisco International Airport in July. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Asiana Airlines Flight 214 lies burned on the runway after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in July. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Mateo County prosecutors say they’ll decide in the next two weeks whether to charge a firefighter in the death of a survivor of July’s Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport.

The case involves Ye Mengyuan, a 16-year-old passenger on Asiana Flight 214 who initially survived the crash but was later found dead near the wreckage. The San Francisco Fire Department has acknowledged that Ye was run over by one of its firefighters responding to the crash.

The San Mateo County Times reports that the prosecutors are focusing on whether the firefighter involved in Ye’s death broke any laws. The Times says:

Reports have previously said Ye was run over by a firefighter who just happened to be away from the fire station prior to the crash. Veteran firefighter Elyse Duckett, 49, was out buying food for the fire house when the plane hit the ground.

After Duckett returned to find everyone gone from the station she got in a reserve engine and raced to the scene. As she did so she struck Ye, who had been taken out of the burning jet and laid on the tarmac, reports said.

Ye was one of three Chinese teenagers to die in the crash, which the National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating.

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