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article imageAsiana Airlines suspended from using SFO due to 2013 crash

By Nathan Salant     Nov 15, 2014 in Travel
Seoul - South Korea has penalized Asiana Airlines for last year's fatal crash at San Francisco International Airport by barring its jets from landing there for 45 days.
The suspension, announced Friday by the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, comes five months after the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board determined that crew mistakes caused the Boeing 777 to crash as it came in for a landing over San Francisco Bay.
The July 6, 2013, crash-landing resulted in the deaths of three passengers and injuries to nearly 200 when the plane came in too low and its tail struck a seawall at the eastern end of the runway.
Asiana said it would appeal the ministry’s decision, according to the Associated Press, and was prepared to sue if its appeal was rejected.
A final decision from the ministry is expected in one month, the newspaper said.
If the airline’s appeal is rejected, Asiana will have to decide when it wishes to serve the suspension.
The airline sells 15,000 tickets a month for flights between Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, and San Francisco, the newspaper said.
There were 307 passengers and crew on board Flight 214 when the accident occurred, the newspaper said.
Only one of the three fatalities occurred on the plane, as one passenger was struck and killed on the tarmac waiting for emergency personnel and another died days later at a San Francisco hospital.
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