Asiana fined $500,000 over crash


U.S. aviation authorities have fined South Korea’s Asiana Airlines $500,000 over last year’s deadly San Francisco air crash for failing to properly help families of victims, officials said Tuesday.

Three passengers died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 clipped a seawall with its landing gear, skidded off the runway and burst into flames at the end of an otherwise routine flight from Seoul to San Francisco on July 6.

Asiana “violated federal law last July by failing to adhere to the assurances in its family-assistance plan following the crash,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which said some families were not contacted for up to five days afterward.