Federal transportation officials in the United States say they slapped the half-a-million-dollar fine on Asiana Airlines for failing to take good care of the family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last July at San Francisco International Airport.
The fine is the first against an airline under a U.S. law that requires "prompt and generous" assistance to the relatives of crash victims.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it took five days to reach the families of all 2-hundred-91 passengers.
The agency also says Asiana lacked translators and staff trained in crash response.
In an e-mail to The Associated Press, an Asiana official said the company fully supported the families of the passengers right after the crash and will continue to support them.
Three people were killed and scores injured last July when Asiana Flight 2-1-4 -- a Boeing 7-7-7 -- clipped a seawall and crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco's main airport.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the main cause of the crash including whether there were defects to the plane and negligence on the part of the pilots.
The probe results are expected to be announced by July.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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