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South Korea - Asiana Airlines Mulls Legal Action Against TV Station, NTSB Over Derogatory Pilot Names

Published on: July 14, 2013 10:25 AM
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South Korea - Asiana Airlines said Sunday its reputation was damaged by a report on a San Francisco TV station that used bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on its plane that crashed earlier this month and is considering legal action.

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. Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

An Asiana statement said it’s mulling legal measures against both KTVU-TV and the NTSB because the report “badly damaged” the reputation of the airline and its pilots.

It didn’t say what legal measures it was considering.

Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.

The four pilots, who underwent questioning by a U.S. and South Korean joint investigation team while in the U.S., returned to South Korea on Saturday. South Korean officials plan to conduct separate interviews with them, South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Sunday.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.


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 Jul 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM fat36 Says:

come on let it go you have 2 say it was funny no hilarious

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM Mark Levin Says:

".... the report “badly damaged” the reputation of the airline and its pilots."

Really?!?!?!? No, it didn't! You have egg on your face from the ACCIDENT so you are trying a good trick to try and take the spotlight off yourselves.

I guarantee you that you won't lose any customers because some people decided to play a nasty trick on the news station & that someone ran with the story without reading it.

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

hahaha . now this is what badly damageed their reputation!!!yeah right

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
fat36 Says:

come on let it go you have 2 say it was funny no hilarious

Three childred were KILLED in this tragedy along with dozens wounded. Instead of making a fool of yourself fat36, go do something constructive like exercising and losing some weight.

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
fat36 Says:

come on let it go you have 2 say it was funny no hilarious

Would you find it so HILARIOUS if your child was on the plane?

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 04:03 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

hahaha . now this is what badly damageed their reputation!!!yeah right

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 05:59 PM I_Am_Me Says:

Why is #4 & #5 attacking #1 when it is funny & #2 & #3 said so as well? As for it being funny, yeah it was, but it doesn't take away from the tragedy that occurred. As for #2 & #3 the people on this airline were heroes & while you're right this joke didn't damage them, nothing should

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 02:08 PM crash not funny, response funny Says:

Thefact that there was a serious and avoidable crash is sad and not funny.
The response of Asiana to this poor humor is absurd.

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 02:55 PM PLEASE! Says:

Anyone who flies Asiana Airlines, in lieu of their incompetent pilots, is either a fool, or a masochist. The chutzpah of this airline to threaten legal action, is incredible. The airline is itself facing at least a half a billion dollars in lawsuits from the injured passengers, and the families of the dead passengers. In addition, even though who may not have been seriously injured will probably suffer for years from PTSD, and thus would have legal remedies. It is too bad that those incompetent pilots were not tested for drugs or alcohol!

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