Asiana to Get Suspension for San Francisco Flight Accident

luvsmiling, Nov. 14, 2014, 10:07 a.m.

Asiana Airlines' flights to San Francisco are likely to be suspended after the carrier crashed a plane there in July last year.  Documents obtained by the Chosun Ilbo show that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has already worked out a detailed plan to minimize passenger inconvenience ahead of the final decision. 

Under the plan, the ministry will ask Korean Air to use larger aircraft on the Incheon-San Francisco route to increase the number of seats, bring in chartered planes, or channel passengers on transit routes.  A senior ministry official recently visited concerned lawmakers at the National Assembly to brief them on the plan.

The ministry is to make the final decision on Friday.  Under relevant laws, Asiana faces a fine of up to W2.25 billion (US$1=W1,097) or suspended flights for 45 to 135 days.  Three were killed and some 180 others injured in the San Francisco crash last year, which has been attributed to pilot error. 

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