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2 pilots on crashed Asiana jet to work as ground staff

All Headlines 09:28 October 02, 2013

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- Two out of the four pilots aboard the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in San Francisco in July plan to return to work early this month as ground staff, the airline said Wednesday.

Lee Kang-Kuk, who was in charge of the jet during the accident, and Lee Jung-Min, who was sitting in the cockpit as an instructor pilot, are scheduled to work in the airline's headquarters in western Seoul in the coming days, though no specific date has been set.

The carrier also said their new duties have not been fixed yet either.

The move comes nearly three months after Asiana Airlines' Boeing 777 crashed during its landing at San Francisco International Airport, killing three Chinese teenagers and injuring more than 180 other people.

The two relief pilots onboard resumed flying again last month.

Deborah Hersman, the chief of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, meanwhile, called off her trip to Seoul due to the U.S. government shutdown, according to Asiana Airlines.

Hersman, who heads the U.S. federal agency charged with investigating civil aviation accidents, had been scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Wednesday for talks with South Korean officials and the president of Asiana Airlines on her way to Japan.


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