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Asiana Airlines: We're paying $10,000 to each passenger in San Francisco crash

From K.J. Kwon, CNN
updated 10:04 AM EDT, Mon August 12, 2013
In this handout photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 sits just off the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday, July 7. The Boeing 777 coming from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on landing on Saturday, July 6. Three passengers, all girls, died as a result of the first notable U.S. air crash in four years. In this handout photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 sits just off the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday, July 7. The Boeing 777 coming from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on landing on Saturday, July 6. Three passengers, all girls, died as a result of the first notable U.S. air crash in four years.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Passengers who collect the money "can still sue us," an Asiana spokeswoman says
  • Three people were killed and more than 180 were injured after the crash
  • One of those killed survived the crash but was run over by a rescue vehicle
  • The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Asiana Airlines said it is paying $10,000 to each of the passengers aboard Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco last month.

"It is separate to medical compensation," spokeswoman Lee Hyo-min told CNN on Monday. She said even those who were not injured can receive payment.

The spokeswoman added that passengers who collect the money "can still sue us."

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Three people were killed after the plane crashed short of the runway on July 6 at San Francisco International Airport.

The San Mateo County coroner said one of those killed, 16-year-old Ye Mengyuan of China, was flung out of the plane and survived. But she was struck and killed by a rescue vehicle.

Coroner: Asiana Airline passenger was alive until killed by rescue vehicle

San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White has apologized to Ye's family.

"We're heartbroken. We're in the business of saving lives," she said. "There's not a lot of words to describe how badly we feel about it."

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, which also injured more than 180 people aboard the flight.

Asiana crash probe moves on from San Francisco airport

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