Report: Fire Rig Had No Heat-Sensing Equipment

Jul 22, 2013 5:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fire rig that ran over and killed a 16-year-old Asiana Airlines crash survivor was not equipped with heat-sensing equipment that might have detected her in its path.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that fire officials have acknowledged the older-model engine that ran over Ye Meng Yuan did not have the forward-looking infrared technology.
The technology measures heat given off by objects on the ground and is now required by the Federal Aviation Administration on all new aircraft rescue trucks.
Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Dale Carnes said he did not know if the technology would have prevented Ye's death.
Ye had survived the crash and was covered in fire retardant foam when the rig hit her while racing to extinguish flames on the plane.


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