Airline to sue over 'TV slurs' of death crash crew
Asiana airlines has announced that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that it claimed had damaged the airline's reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on a plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco.
An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air on Friday and then apologised after a break. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned-out plane that had crashed, killing three and injuring dozens.
Video of the report has spread widely across the internet since being broadcast.
The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologised, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.
Asiana has decided to sue KTVU-TV to "strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report" that disparaged Asians, its spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said.
She said that the report had seriously damaged Asiana's reputation.
Asiana decided not to sue the NTSB because it said it was the TV station report, not the US federal agency that had damaged the airline's reputation. Ms Lee did not elaborate.
Tom Raponi, KTVU vice president and general manager, said in a statement that KTVU would not be making any further comment because of the airline's threat of a lawsuit.