The image of a flight attendant carrying people on her back away from Asiana Flight 214's smoldering remains are going viral, thanks to photos taken by a passenger minutes after escaping the wreckage.
Identified by ABC7 as 40-year-old Lee Yoon Hye, the heroic attendant was the last to leave the plane before it burst into flames, carrying passengers to safety without realizing she'd broken her tailbone.
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"I wasn't really thinking, but my body started carrying out the steps needed for an evacuation," Lee told AP. "I was only thinking about rescuing the next passenger."
While working to get everyone out safely, Lee and the other crewmembers put out fires on board.
"She was a hero," passenger Eugene Anthony Rah told the Wall Street Journal. "This tiny little girl was carrying people piggyback, running everywhere, with tears running down her face. She was crying, but she was still so calm and helping people."
Lee told AP that she tried to approach the back of the aircraft to make sure that no one had been left behind, but a cloud of toxic black smoke stopped her. “It looked like the ceiling had fallen down,” she said.
She didn’t realize the extent of her own injuries until being treated later at a San Francisco hospital. Fire chief Joanne Hayes-White told reporters that Lee was so composed she thought she had come from the terminal. "She wanted to make sure that everyone was off,” Hayes-White said. “She was a hero."
H/T: Daily Mail