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Korean Air to be sanctioned for pressuring employees to lie about nut rage case

  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, customers walk near the model planes of Korean Air in a showroom at the headquarters of Korean Air Lines Co. in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s transport ministry said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage incident. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, ordered a crew member off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate, after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of on a plate. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, customers walk near the model planes of Korean Air in a showroom at the headquarters of Korean Air Lines Co. in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s transport ministry said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage incident. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, ordered a crew member off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate, after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of on a plate. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Korean Air logo is seen at its domestic ticketing counter at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. South Korea's transport ministry said Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted the tyrannical behavior of a top Korean business family. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A Korean Air logo is seen at its domestic ticketing counter at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. South Korea's transport ministry said Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted the tyrannical behavior of a top Korean business family. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • Passengers, right, are helped by an employee to check in at a Korean Air ticketing counter at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. South Korea's transport ministry said Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted the tyrannical behavior of a top Korean business family. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Passengers, right, are helped by an employee to check in at a Korean Air ticketing counter at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. South Korea's transport ministry said Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted the tyrannical behavior of a top Korean business family. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

South Korea's transport ministry says Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage incident.

The transport ministry said Tuesday Korean Air could face up to 21 days of flight suspensions or a $1.3 million fine for violating aviation law.

Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, ordered a crew member off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate, after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of on a plate.

The ministry said the airline will also be punished because Cho lied during the probe and because the captain was negligent in his duties.

It said Cho used abusive language to flight attendants but could not ascertain if she used violence.