Asiana Airlines has had a change of heart. Earlier this week, the carrier said it planned to sue local San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU after the TV channel erroneously identified the pilots in the July 6 crash of Asiana flight 214 by four prank names. Today, however, the Seoul-based company said it was nixing those plans. “Asiana Airlines has decided not to proceed with the case since KTVU has issued a formal apology and in order for us to focus all our efforts on managing the aftermath of the accident,” said a statement obtained by Reuters. On Monday, Asiana said that KTVU had “seriously damaged” the carrier’s reputation with the “racially discriminating” report on its July 12 noon broadcast. KTVU issued an apology on the newscast and the National Transportation Safety Board also apologized for confirming the fake pilot names to KTVU.
Asiana Airlines has confirmed it plans to sue local San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU after the channel erroneously identified the pilots in the July 6 SFO crash by four racist prank names. According to media reports, Asiana said today in Seoul that KTVU “seriously damaged” the carrier’s reputation with the report on its noon broadcast last Friday. Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyo Min said the airline is taking the “strong steps” to sue KTVU because the report was racially discriminating. KTVU issued an apology on the newscast and the National Transportation Safety Board also apologized for confirming the fake pilot names to KTVU, citing the handiwork of an overzealous summer intern. Per the Associated Press, Asiana has chosen not to sue the NTSB because it said it was the station’s report, not the agency, that damaged the airline’s reputation.
UPDATE: NTSB Apologizes For Intern Error That Led To Fox Affiliate’s Racist Asiana Airlines Reporting Gaffe
UPDATE, 6:40PM: The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an apology for confirming the fake pilot names to KTVU, citing the handiwork of an overzealous summer intern. Read the full release here.
PREVIOUSLY: Local San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU is blowing up on social media today after erroneously identifying the Asiana Airline pilots in Saturday’s SFO crash by four racist prank names during its Friday noon broadcast. “Prior to air, the names were confirmed by an NTSB official in the agency’s Washington, D.C. office,” read an apology posted this afternoon on KTVU’s website. “Despite that confirmation, KTVU realized the names that aired were not accurate and issued an apology later in the newscast.”
UPDATE: Much of today’s network and cable programming was dominated by the coverage. Fox News was first to air this morning’s San Francisco Airport crash landing during ”America’s News Headquarters” at the top of the 3PM hour. CNN‘s Fredricka Whitfield and MSNBC‘s Craig Melvin followed. David Muir anchored a special report at 3:10 PM for ABC News followed by an NBC News special report anchored by Lester Holt. Asiana Flight 214 was inbound from South Korea and its Boeing 777 crash landing first broke over Twitter via eyewitnesses and survivors. TVNewser was first to identify who went on the air when. Blanket coverage is underway on the major networks.