AUSTIN, Texas — A handful of international flights were resumed Thursday after the country’s largest airline, Korea Air Lines, canceled flights to the U.S. following the fatal crash of a Korean Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas, officials said.
The Korean Air flights were scheduled to depart Seoul early Friday morning for Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, officials with the carrier said in a statement.
But the flights were canceled after the flight crew reported a technical issue and a pilot in charge was not on board, the company said.
A spokesman for the airline said the crew of the Korean Air flight had been suspended pending an investigation.
Korea Air Lines had been in the middle of a massive shutdown, with passengers, crew and the aircraft grounded in South Korean cities and towns for more than two weeks.
“We deeply regret this unfortunate incident and will work hard to ensure a smooth and safe return of passengers, staff and aircraft,” said Korean Air’s spokesman Kim Dong-seok in a separate statement.
“We are working with our customer support center to provide support for customers who were impacted.”
The airline said in January that it had shut down the entire domestic fleet of its planes, which have been operating from New York and Los Angeles.
In May, KAL Airlines, a rival airline, also temporarily halted domestic flights to North Korea after a flight carrying a delegation of North Korean leaders to South Korea was diverted because of a technical problem.
The airline later reopened flights.
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