Asiana Airlines to sue San Francisco TV station after pilot name mistakes
SAN FRANCISCO – Asiana Airlines officials said they plan to take legal action against a San Francisco TV station it claims damaged the airline’s reputation.
The airline said it will sue KTVU for reporting what it calls “racially offensive fake names” for the four pilots of the flight that crashed at San Francisco International Airport July 6.
During a newscast Friday, offensive slurs made their way into a report on the crash and then quickly spread online.
Within minutes the station realized the error and apologized.
According to the TV station, they called the NTSB to confirm the pilot names and spellings.
The NTSB “official” we now know to be an intern and confirmed the false names.
The NTSB said the intern is no longer with the agency.
Asiana officials said the report not only damaged the airline but it also put down Asians in general.
The airline has selected a U.S. firm to represent them and said they plan to file a petition on the grounds of defamation.
Three people were killed and 180 injured in the crash.
The Airline said in a statement, “This legal action is being taken because of the KTVU report that not only disparaged Asians in general through the use of racially charged epithets but also severely damaged the reputation of Asiana Airlines.”