AFP

SEOUL

South Korean prosecutors applied Wednesday for an arrest warrant for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah, who delayed a flight with a tantrum over snacks in a ‘nut rage’ incident that caused a national uproar. The prosecutors’ office said the 40-year-old daughter of the airline’s boss faced charges including violation of the aviation safety law, coercion and interference in the execution of duty. ‘Our office has sent a request for the court to issue an arrest warrant,’ the office said. Cho was accused of forcing the chief purser off a December 5 New York-Seoul flight and of compelling the taxiing plane to return to the gate so he could disembark. She took exception to being served macadamia nuts she had not asked for - and in a bag, not a bowl. A government investigation found that she had screamed and hurled abuse at a flight attendant and the chief purser, Park Chang-Jin. An arrest warrant is also being sought for an unidentified company executive on charges of destroying evidence from the incident. A court will hold a hearing early next week to review the warrant application. Cho has insisted that she did not physically assault the chief purser, but prosecutors said she had pushed the flight attendant, based on the testimony of passengers and other flight attendants.