Airline sues TV station claiming prank mocks all Asians

KTVU reported these fake names during a newscast July 12.

The airline whose plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport, killing three passengers, is suing a San Francisco television station they say has damaged it's reputation.

Asiana Airlines says it will take legal action against KTVU-TV (FOX) for reporting what it calls racially offensive, fake names for the four pilots at the helm of Flight 214. The plan, on its descent into SFO from South Korea, crash landed at the airport on July 6.

An anchor for KTVU-TV on Friday read the names on the air, which were accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed. The anchor apologized after the break. Asiana airlines says the report damaged the airline's reputation in addition to mocking Asians everywhere.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

has also apologized

, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

KTVU says they mistakenly failed to verify they had received the names from an actual NTSB official.


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