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Asiana told to stop press briefings

Asiana Airlines has received a warning from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board not to hold press briefings that could affect the ongoing investigation of last weekend’s crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.

According to the nation’s No. 2 carrier, the company was notified in a letter from the NTSB to refrain from briefings and cooperate with the agency should it need to have one.

Asiana said it respects the NTSB decision and will cooperate. Asiana Airlines President and CEO Yoon Young-doo was scheduled to have a press conference at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday (local time) upon his arrival, but canceled it.

The NTSB reportedly also requested a translation of a press conference that featured Lee Yoon-hye, the cabin manager of the plane that crashed. Asiana arranged the press conference with Lee on Monday at the Holiday Inn Civic Center in San Francisco. Lee, who was the last person to leave the aircraft, held the press conference without taking a seat as she injured her pelvis. An official from Asiana said the press conference by Lee was held at the request of reporters.

With the arrival of Yoon, Asiana is concentrating on helping passengers on the flight that crashed and their families. The CEO will visit hospitals to meet with injured passengers and flight attendants and the Chinese and Thailand consulates.

The carrier is also bringing passengers home, while transporting family members of the injured to San Francisco. Nine passengers who were aboard Flight 214 arrived in Korea yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Asiana has stopped recruiting flight attendant interns for international routes, saying the final selections were to be announced tomorrow, but has been postponed. The company has been conducting recruitment since May 9, with those selected as interns eligible for full-time employment after a year.


BY JOO KYUNG-DON [kjoo@joongang.co.kr]

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