Prosecutors Seeking 3 Year Jail Sentence for Korean Air Heiress in ‘Nut Rage’ Incident
luvsmiling, Feb. 3, 2015, 10:54 a.m.
Prosecutors on Monday demanded a three-year jail term for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah in her trial over the "nut rage" incident. Cho was arrested after she suffered an attack of nut rage at JFK International Airport in New York on Dec. 5 and kicked the purser off the plane, which forced the taxiing aircraft to return to the gate.
Prosecutors said Cho was verbally and physically abusive to cabin crew after she was served a bag of nuts incorrectly, and violated aviation safety regulations.
"Cho still blames the cabin crew for causing the incident," a prosecutor said at the trial.
She is also accused of using her authority to coerce the cabin crew to give false testimony to aviation safety investigators and obstructing the investigation.
Prosecutors also sought two-year prison terms for a Korean Air executive on charges of tampering with evidence that could incriminate Cho and for a Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs investigator for feeding the airline confidential information about the probe.