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The parents of some of the Chinese students aboard the Asiana plane that crash landed in San Francisco reportedly did not know the camp their children were to attend was going to be held at a Christian church. Officials at the church said the students were not there to attend bible camp. Ted Chen reports from West Hills for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 10, 2013.
Southern California was the ultimate destination for a group of Chinese students aboard the Asian Airlines jet that crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.
They were going to attend a summer camp hosted by West Valley Christian Church and School in West Hills.
Amidst reports that some of the children’s parents in tightly controlled Communist China didn’t know the summer camp would be held at a Christian church, West Valley administrators explained they had no plans to evangelize to the students.
“I think there could have been a perception of, you know they were going to be staying in all church homes and being at a bible camp and that's not true,” said Derek Swales, West Valley Christian Church and School administrator.
Chinese authorities say they will review future student trips and that could jeopardize two camps scheduled at the church later this summer.
The church will hold a vigil Thursday for Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia the two 16 year-old students who died in the crash.
Church officials said students from 35 Chinese families were scheduled to participate in the summer program, which would have included a weekend tour of San Francisco before the group was to travel to the San Fernando Valley church.
The program would have provided English classes and courses on American culture, sightseeing tours and visits to Southern California universities.
Because of the crash the trip was canceled. None of the students followed through and attended the camp.