LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday penalized Asiana Airlines a half-million dollars for failing to assist the family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco International Airport.
The $500,000 fine, announced Tuesday, is a first as regulators say no airline has ever broken U.S. laws that require prompt and generous assistance to the loved ones of crash victims.
Three people died and dozens were injured last July when Asiana Flight 214 clipped a seawall while landing.
The U.S. Department of Transportation concluded that some family members still had not been contacted two days after the crash, and it took five days to reach the families of all 291 people on the plane.
The agency said the South Korean carrier lacked translators and personnel trained in crash response.
Asiana had no immediate response to the penalty.
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