Asiana Airlines drops plan to sue TV station KTVU

9:39 AM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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As Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 from Seoul crashed on the runway upon landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, July 6, 2013. / CBS NEWS



(USA TODAY) -- Asiana Airlines has backed off plans to sue an Oakland TV station that broadcast fake and racially offensive names for the pilots involved in the July 6 crash landing of Flight 214, The Associated Press reports. The station -- KTVU TV -- quickly retracted the report on the pilot names and issued an apology.

However, the incident angered Asiana officials, who had threatened to sue the Bay Area Fox affiliate. Asiana executives claimed the incident sullied the carrier's reputation.

Now, Asiana says it simply wants to move forward and focus on supporting passengers and families. Three people were killed and dozens injured as a result of the crash.

Last week, an anchor for KTVU read the fake names - apparently someone's idea of a prank to use racially insensitive names that sounded out distress calls and curse words - on air and then apologized after a break.

Fallout from the incident also spread to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which fired an intern over the incident, according to The Washington Post.

KTVU said it called the NTSB to confirm the pilot names, and that a person at the agency did so. However, it is NTSB policy not to release the identities of those involved in its incidents.

The call was later pinned on an intern, whom the NTSB said should not have confirmed the inaccurate information.

The NTSB also issued an apology.

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