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Asiana Airlines Sues TV Station For Fake Pilot Names

Brianna Sacks |
July 15, 2013 | 10:36 a.m. PDT


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Asiana Airlines said it will sue San Francisco area station KTVU-TV for broadcasting four fake, racially insensitive names of pilots flying Flight 214, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A spokeswoman for the South Korean airline, Lee Hyomin, said the broadcast seriously damaged Asiana’s reputation and that it will sue the station to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report,” according to the Associated Press. The suit will likely be filed in the United States, she said.

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In the newscast, the four fake names were displayed on the screen as the anchor read them aloud. The mock names included, "Capt. Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo.”

KTVU-TV anchor Frank Somerville said in a statement that the station made several mistakes, including not reading the names aloud to phonetically sound them out.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized for its role in the broadcast, saying a summer intern “acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.” The board does not release or confirm to the media the names of people involved in transportation accidents, it said.

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