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Police investigate Korean Air head’s younger daughter

Reuters, SEOUL

South Korean police have launched an inquiry into reports a daughter of the chairman of Korean Air Lines threw a water bottle at someone’s face, the second daughter of the airline chief to get into trouble over an angry outburst.

Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice president at the airline, on Thursday apologized for her “foolish behavior,” following media reports that she threw a water bottle at the face of a manager at the airline’s advertising agency.

In an apology on Facebook, Cho did not give details of the incident and an airline spokesman said she had thrown a water bottle on the floor, not at anyone’s face.

Cho’s elder sister, Heather Cho, made headlines over a notorious “nut rage” incident in 2014, when she lost her temper over the way she was served nuts in first class and ordered the Korean Air Lines airplane she was on to return to its gate at a New York airport.

Police had launched a preliminary investigation to see whether Cho Hyun-min had abused her power or broken any law in connection with the latest reports, a Seoul Gangseo Police Station official told reporters yesterday.

The official gave no details of the inquiry. Such inquiries are carried out to determine if a formal investigation of an incident is warranted.

A Korean Air Lines spokesman said the company had yet to be informed of any preliminary investigation.

Korean Air Lines chairman Cho Yang-ho has not commented on the incident involving his younger daughter, who has left the country on vacation, the company said.

The behavior of the rich and powerful is sensitive in South Korea, where the economy is dominated by family-run conglomerates know as chaebol, particularly days after a court jailed former South Korean president Park Geun-hye for 24 years over a scandal that exposed deep ties of corruption with several chaebol.

Korean Air Lines was not connected to the Park scandal.

Thousands of people have over the past few days posted comments on a presidential office Web site, where members of the public can lodge petitions, to demand changes at the airline.

Many of the people who signed a few dozen petitions demanded that the airline remove the word “Korean” from its name and stop using the symbol on the South Korean flag as its logo.

Many said the daughters’ behavior was “degrading” for the country and the company.

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