Asiana Airlines Slapped with 45 Day Suspension to San Francisco
D-Bo , Nov. 17, 2014, 8:53 a.m.
According to a recent report by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Asiana Airlines has been slapped with a 45 day suspension on flights to San Francisco. Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was a scheduled transpacific passenger flight from Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the United States. On the morning of July 6, 2013, the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft operating the flight crashed on final approach into SFO.
Of the 307 people aboard, two passengers died at the crash scene (one from being run over by an airport crash tender), and a third died in a hospital several days later. 181 others were injured, 12 of them critically. Among the injured were three flight attendants who were thrown onto the runway while still strapped in their seats when the tail section broke off after striking the seawall short of the runway. It was the first crash of a Boeing 777 that resulted in fatalities since its entry to service in 1995.
Kwon Yong-bok at the ministry said accidents of this nature make carriers liable for a 90-day suspension, but Asiana was given only half because the "dedicated response" of cabin crew after the accident helped reduce the number of casualties. Asiana operates daily flights from Incheon to San Francisco on a 295-seater B777 and stands to lose W16 billion (US$1=W1,101) due to the suspension.
The carrier said it will appeal the decision and is considering legal measures to prevent it from taking effect until then. Asiana spokesman Cho Young-seok said, "The decision did not consider the national interest and the inconvenience for passengers." He added a fine would have been enough.
But rival Korean Air said halving the suspension period was unfair. A spokesman accused the ministry of going easy on Asiana while Korean Air had to face the full penalty after a crash in Guam back in 1997.