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Families Of 3 Teens Killed On Asiana Flight 214 Hire Attorneys

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Ye Meng Yuan (left) and Wang Lin Jia were killed when Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. (CBS)

Ye Meng Yuan (left) and Wang Lin Jia were killed when Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN MATEO (CBS/AP) — Families of three teens killed in the Asiana Flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport have hired lawyers.

The families retained a New York firm to represent them. One of the victims, 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, survived the July 6 crash only to be fatally struck by a San Francisco Fire Department rescue truck.

Lawyer Anthony Tarricone said Yuan was the family’s only child. Yuan’s relatives issued a statement through their attorneys Friday saying they were “devastated and heartbroken.”

Yuan and her close friend, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, who also died, were students at Jiangshan Middle School in Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province in eastern China, Chinese state media has reported.

They were part of a group of students and teachers from the school who were heading to summer camp in Southern California.

Yuan and Linjia were seated at the back of the plane. Federal investigators said the jetliner came in too low and too slow, clipping its landing gear and then its tail on a rocky seawall just short of the runway – but exactly cause of the accident to happen remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Linjia’s body was found body near the seawall at the edge of the runway.

The other crash victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died a week later at San Francisco General Hospital.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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