8 April 2019
Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho has died, the South Korean airline said on Monday. Cho was 70 when he passed away in the United States early on Monday from a chronic ailment, the company said in a statement.
A company official said Cho had a lung condition. Korean Air has been plagued in recent years by a series of scandals involving its founding family members, culminating in the indictment of Cho last year on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust. Cho denied the charges against him.
The troubles began after Cho's eldest daughter made headlines in 2014 when she lost her temper over the way she was served nuts in first class and ordered the Korean Air plane to return to its gate at a New York airport. The "nut rage" incident severely tarnished the carrier's image and generated derisive international headlines for months.