Court issues arrest warrant against Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case

Cho Hyun Ah (centre, with her back to the camera), also known as Heather Cho, daughter Korean Air Lines chairman Cho Yang Ho, arriving to attend a hearing for reviewing the prosecution's detention warrant request against her, at the Seoul Western Dis
Cho Hyun Ah (centre, with her back to the camera), also known as Heather Cho, daughter Korean Air Lines chairman Cho Yang Ho, arriving to attend a hearing for reviewing the prosecution's detention warrant request against her, at the Seoul Western District court in Seoul on Dec 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - A local court issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Korean Air Lines heiress Heather Cho Hyun Ah, who delayed a flight with a tantrum over snacks in a "nut rage" incident that caused a national uproar, The Korean Herald has reported.

Cho Hyun Ah, the eldest daughter of Korean Air Line chairman Cho Yang Ho, faces charges including violation of the aviation safety law, coercion and interference in the execution of duty.

She resigned as the airline's vice president for cabin service four days after a national uproar over her conduct aboard a Seoul-bound Korean Air flight from New York on Dec. 5, during which she reportedly lost her temper with a chief flight attendant.

The attendant reportedly served macadamia nuts - in an unopened pack instead of on a plate. Cho said the crew did not follow the proper procedure for serving nuts to first-class passengers.

The flight, with more than 250 passengers on board, was forced to turn around to the gate to deplane the attendant.

The court also issued an arrest warrant for a company executive on charges of ordering employees to delete an initial report of the incident.