Asiana may sue over racist, fake pilot names

PROBE. National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge Bill English (F) and NTSB Chairman Debroah Hersman (B) as they investigate the Asiana Flight 214 Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, USA 09 July 2013. EPA/NTSB handout

Asiana Airlines plans to sue US transport authorities and a TV station for mistakenly confirming and airing false and offensive names for the pilots behind its fatal crash in San Francisco last weekend. Fox network affiliate KTVU news Channel 2 in Oakland identified the pilots of the Asiana Boeing 777 as “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” KTVU cited the National Transportation Safety Board as its source, but quickly realized the mistake and apologized. The NTSB later apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed” as those of the Asiana pilots. The agency explained an intern “acted outside the scope of his authority” by erroneously confirming the names of the flight crew. But Asiana says the incident “seriously tarnished the dignity of the four pilots as well as the company”. Three people died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
More than 180 were injured.

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