KOREA AIR SLAPPED WITH SANCTIONS OVER 1997 GUAM CRASH

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SEOUL, South Korea (November 4, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The South Korean government has slapped its national airline with sanctions after investigators cited pilot error as the main cause of a plane crash that claimed 228 lives in Guam two years ago.

Seoul has suspended the air routes of Korean Air to the Pacific Islands of Guam and Saipan and barred it from launching new ones.

Regulators imposed the penalties immediately after U.S. National Transportation Safety Board officials announced the results of a 27-month probe into the crash.

In response, the airline has implemented a multi-million dollar program to improve safety checks, introduce new equipment and foreign training.

 

KOREAN AIR ADMITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR GUAM CRASH

SEOUL, South Korea (November 4, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Korean Air has accepted pilot error and cockpit confusion as the main causes of a 1997 jumbo jet crash in Guam that killed 228 people.

The airline's statement comes after America's National Transportation Safety Board released findings of a 27-month investigation.

The findings show the Korean Air jumbo jet crashed on Guam after the pilot failed to follow proper landing procedures and while the flight crew was in a state of fatigue and confusion.

Korean Air Flight 801 slammed into a hillside August 6, 1997, a few miles from the Guam international airport's runway.

Twenty-six people aboard the Boeing 747 survived.

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