LOS ANGELES — In the first penalty of its kind, federal transportation officials on Tuesday docked Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly contact passengers' families after a deadly crash last year at San Francisco International airport.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it took the South Korean airline five days to contact the families of all 291 passengers.
Three people died and dozens were injured July 6 when Asiana Flight 214 clipped a seawall while landing. One of the victims, a 16-year-old girl, apparently survived being ejected onto the tarmac, only to be run over by a fire truck in the post-crash confusion.
Many of the families live in South Korea or China.
Under a consent order the airline signed with the department, Asiana will pay a $400,000 fine and get a $100,000 credit for sponsoring industrywide conferences and training sessions.