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Former Korean exec pleads not guilty to aviation law violation, other charges in nut rage case

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, speaks to the media upon her arrival for questioning at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul, South Korea. The former Korean Air executive famous for an inflight tantrum over macadamia nuts pleaded not guilty Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 to violating aviation safety law and three other charges. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, speaks to the media upon her arrival for questioning at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul, South Korea. The former Korean Air executive famous for an inflight tantrum over macadamia nuts pleaded not guilty Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 to violating aviation safety law and three other charges. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

The former Korean Air executive famous for an inflight tantrum over macadamia nuts pleaded not guilty to violating aviation safety law and other charges.

Lawyers for Cho Hyun-ah did not dispute the major elements of the prosecutor's account of events Dec. 5 when Cho's behavior resulted in a Korean Air jet returning to the gate. Instead they are focusing on a technical rebuttal of the aviation law charge.

Cho spend most of the first day of her trial Monday with her head lowered and hair covering her face. She declined to make any comments when invited to by the judge.

Cho achieved worldwide notoriety by kicking a crew member off the Dec. 5 flight after being offered macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of on a dish.