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sf jet crashBy Kate Mather, Los Angeles TimesA girl injured in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco died Friday morning, hospital officials said, marking the third fatality from the incident.

At the request of the girl’s family, San Francisco General Hospital released limited information about the victim, saying only that she had been listed in critical condition.

“Her parents have asked that we reveal no further information at this time,” the hospital said in a statement. “We will respect their wishes while they grieve.”

The bodies of two teenage girls were recovered Saturday after the Boeing 777 clipped a sea wall and slammed into a runway at San Francisco International Airport. Officials identified those girls as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16, who were part of a group of Chinese high school students on their way to West Valley Christian Church and School in the San Fernando Valley for a three-week summer camp.

Wang’s body was found about a mile away from the wreckage, near where the aircraft first hit the ground. She is believed to have been ejected from the rear of the aircraft– along with three flight attendants who survived with serious injuries — when the tail sheared off.

Ye’s body was found close to the aircraft’s left wing. San Francisco police confirmed Friday that a fire truck responding to the incident hit her, though coroner’s officials have yet to determine her cause of death.

Gordon Shyy, public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department, said the girl was outside the jet and covered in fire retardant foam when the fire truck “went over her.”

The crash sent 182 people to area hospitals. San Francisco General Hospital, which treated 67 patients, said Friday afternoon that six people were still hospitalized, including two adults in critical condition. Stanford Hospital, which saw 55 people, said Friday its final patient was listed in serious condition.

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