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'Nut rage' ex-airline executive Cho Hyun-ah walks free

by ap reporters

Published 23/05/2015

Cho Hyun-ah pictured after her nut rage arrest (AP)
Cho Hyun-ah pictured after her nut rage arrest (AP)

A former Korean Air executive whose on-board 'nut rage' tantrum delayed a flight has been freed from prison after a South Korean court suspended her jail term.

Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of the airline's chairman, did not break aviation security law when she ordered the chief flight attendant off a December 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate at John F Kennedy Airport in New York, Seoul High Court ruled.

But the upper court said she was guilty of using violence against flight attendants and sentenced her to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years. A lower court previously sentenced her to a year in jail.

Cho achieved worldwide notoriety for her tantrum, triggered when a first-class flight attendant served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish. Cho, head of the airline's cabin service at the time, had a heated, physical confrontation with members of the crew.

Mobbed by reporters at the court, she made no comment, bowing her head and burying her face in her hands.

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