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Asiana Airlines Will Sue San Francisco Television Station For Broadcasting Offensive Fake Pilots Names

Asiana Airlines says the use of "bogus and racially offensive" pilots' names on TV has damaged the airline's reputation.

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Asiana Airlines announced Monday that it will sue San Francisco television station KTVU-TV for broadcasting those ludicrous and entirely fake names of the pilots for Flight 214.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asiana announced Monday that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that it said 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 Friday 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 July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.

KTVU issued an apology for the screwup shortly after the broadcast, claiming that the station did in fact confirm the names with the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB also apologized and said Friday in a statement that a summer intern erroneously confirmed Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow as the pilots' names to KTVU.

The NTSB sent BuzzFeed the following statement on Monday:

The NTSB remains focused on the important investigative work being done to determine what caused Asiana Airlines flight 214 to crash so that we can make safety recommendations to prevent it from happening again.

Video of the on-air mistake was widely distributed via YouTube, garnering more than 1 million views since Friday

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