San Francisco to settle with firefighter blamed in SFO death
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco supervisors have approved a $250,000 payout for a firefighter who said she was unfairly accused of driving over a teen thrown from the wreckage of a 2013 airliner crash.
Elyse Duckett alleged in a 2014 lawsuit that she was being made a scapegoat for larger failures in the rescue efforts after the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013.
The teen and two other people died, and nearly 200 passengers and crew were injured when the plane from South Korea slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach.
John Cote, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, said the settlement was reasonable given the facts, claims and inherent uncertainty of litigation.