Asiana Airlines said 7/17 it no longer plans to sue Cox Enterprises’ KTVU-TV (Fox) San Francisco for allegedly damaging the airline’s reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on the plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco.
An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air 7/12 and then apologized 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 at San Francisco International Airport on 7/6, killing three and injuring dozens.
The NTSB has said that the bogus names were confirmed by an unidentified summer intern.
Asiana originally wanted to sue KTVU-TV to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report” that disparaged Asians and seriously damaged Asiana’s reputation, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.
The South Korean air carrier said that KTVU-TV has already apologized for airing the fake names. It will no longer sue, and instead wants to focus on supporting passengers and families, reports The AP/KSL.com.