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.
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.
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