July 15th, 2013
08:24 PM ET

Asiana sues TV station over racist fake pilot names

OutFront update: Asiana Airlines will not pursue a lawsuit against a Bay Area TV station for allegedly damaging the company's image by reporting erroneous and offensive names of the pilots in the recent crash at San Francisco International Airport.

The airline involved in the July 6th crash says it will sue an Oakland TV station after it mistakenly confirmed and then aired false and offensive names for the pilots.

The NTSB says the names which spelled out phrases like "something wrong" and "we too low" - were confirmed by a summer intern.

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KTVU has since apologized.

"We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity. Clearly today that did not happen. We made a mistake."

And the NTSB also released a statement:

"The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots. A summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident. Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated."

OutFront tonight: Comedian Dean Obeidallah, Radio Show Host and Comedian Stephanie Miller and CNN Contributor Reihan Salam.

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  1. Tony erani

    How could they not know it is a joke Sum Tin Wong is such an old joke.I have heard it 25 years back and I grew up in India.

    The best one Ho Flung Dung and One Hung Lou. I guess after a plane crash there is no sense of humor.

    July 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply

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