Airline scraps plans to sue US TV station over fake pilot names

Wednesday 17 July 2013 12.39
Three Chinese teenage girls died in the crash earlier this month
Three Chinese teenage girls died in the crash earlier this month

Asiana Airlines said has it has scrapped a plan to sue a US television station that incorrectly reported in a racially offensive manner the names of pilots of the flight that crash-landed in San Francisco.

The South Korean company said: "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."

An anchorwoman at KTVU, a Fox affiliate based in Oakland, California, fell victim last week to an apparent prank.

She reported during a live programme that the four pilot names were Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee Fuk, Wi Tu Low and Bang Ding Ow.

The airline had said this week that it would sue the television station because the reporting defamed the pilots and the company.

The crash of the Boeing 777 plane resulted in the deaths of three Chinese teenage girls, who were visiting the US for a summer camp.

More than 180 passengers and crew members were injured.