Asiana says scrapping plan to sue US TV station for name gaffe

Reuters News
|
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 5:50 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - Asiana Airlines said on Wednesday it has scrapped a plan to sue a U.S. television station that incorrectly reported in a racially offensive manner the names of pilots of the flight that crash-landed in San Francisco this month.

"Asiana Airlines has decided not to proceed with the case since KTVU has issued a formal apology and in order for us to focus all our efforts on managing the aftermath of the accident," the South Korean company said in a statement.

An anchorwoman at KTVU, a Fox affiliate based in Oakland, California, fell victim last week to an apparent prank and reported four bogus pilot names, including "Sum Ting Wong" and "Wi Tu Low," during a newscast.

The airline had said this week that it would sue the television station because the reporting defamed the pilots and the company.

Recommended
The Left-wing Paradise of San Francisco
Rachel Alexander

The crash of the Boeing 777 plane resulted in the death of three Chinese teenage girls who were visiting the United States for a summer camp. More than 180 passengers and crew members were injured.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Robert Birsel)