Cho Hyun-Ah, the eldest daughter of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-Ho and former vice president of the airline company, appear at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board in western Seoul, South Korea. Cho was convicted of violating plane safety after she had delayed a Seoul-bound Korean Air flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in November 2014. Photo by Kim Chul-soo/EPA
SEOUL, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Seoul court ordered Korean Air, South Korea's largest air carrier, to compensate a former cabin crew chief for emotional distress caused by the infamous "nut rage" incident in 2014.
The Seoul Western District Court ruled Wednesday that the airline should pay $17,758 in compensation to flight attendant Park Chang-jin. Park earlier requested $88,794 from the company.
The court dismissed a separate case Park filed against former airline executive Cho Hyun-ah.
Cho, the eldest daughter of the Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, became infuriated when she was served macadamia nuts in a pack, instead of on a plate. She forced Park to leave the flight while it was taxing to the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in 2014.
Park claimed that Cho assaulted and verbally abused him and filed lawsuits against her and the company.
Cho was prisoned for a violation of aviation safety laws but later sentenced to 10 months in jail, suspended for two years.
The Seoul court dismissed the compensate suit against Cho as the Korean Air heiress had $88,794 deposited at the court for a compensation payment in an attempt to reduce her sentence in 2015.
The court also dismissed Park's request to nullify the company's earlier decision to demote him to a lower rank. The Korean Air refuted that Park failed to maintain the senior position because he received a lower mark on the Korean and English language broadcast test after he returned from his leave.
The "nut rage" incident revealed unruly behaviors of the second-generation of South Korean "chaebol," or family-controlled conglomerates. It caused public rage against the family and the company.