As part of a South Korean court ruling, Asiana Airlines will have to suspend its Seoul-San Francisco flights.
In a new challenge to the financially struggling airline, the South Korean Supreme Court upheld an order by the country's transport ministry for the Seoul-based airline to suspend its daily flights to San Francisco as a penalty for the crash of OZ214 on July 6, 2013 . Asiana will have to suspend the flights for a 45 day period within the next six months.
The crash of OZ214 happened as the aircraft - a Boeing 777-200ER - was on final approach at San Francisco International Airport. The aircraft's landing gear and tail section struck the seawall just before the runway. The flight had 307 passengers and crew, and the crash resulted in 3 deaths and 187 injuries.
According to an investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board, the accident was a result of flight crew's mismanagement of the final approach.
The South Korean Supreme Court cited insufficient staff training was the main cause of the crash, and the flight ban will be implemented before February 2020.
Asiana has stated that the suspension of the daily flights will cost the airline around KRW 11 Billion (USD $9.3 Million). The airline is also working with authorities as to the exact dates of the flight suspension.