After Airliner Crash, SF Chief Bans Helmet Cams

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
San Francisco


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San Francisco's fire chief says helmet-mounted cameras no longer will be allowed after images from July's airliner crash became public.

Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the San Francisco Chronicle she is concerned about the privacy of victims and firefighters.

The decision comes after images at the scene of the Asiana Airlines crash from Battalion Chief Mark Johnson's helmet camera were published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

That led to questions about whether the department is liable in the death of a 16-year-old who survived the crash but was run over by a fire truck. She was covered with fire-retardant foam.

Police, the coroner and the National Transportation Safety Board are reviewing the footage.

Hayes-White said her 2009 ban on video cameras in facilities was meant to include fire scenes.

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