On November 14, the officials from South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said they will ban Asiana Airlines flights to San Francisco for 45 days, as a punishment for 2013 crash.
The Asiana Flight 214 crashed during final approach to San Francisco International Airport in July last year and claimed 3 lives while around 200 others were injured. After a year-long investigation, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board officials concluded that the pilots were responsible for the crash as they made errors during landing.
Asiana Airlines, which sells around 170,000 tickets annually for Incheon-San Francisco flights, said in a statement that they will appeal the ministry’s decision. “The decision will cause serious passenger inconvenience given the high traffic on the route. In that case, the authorities are normally recommended by regulations to fine an airline instead of suspending flight,” the statement said.
It is not yet clear when the flights would be suspended.