Asiana Airlines flight 214
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Friday newscast has already gone viral online

Asiana Airlines plans to sue San Francisco TV station KTVU-TV for slander after a Friday newscast featured racially offensive and fake names during a report on the pilots of the plane crash at occurred at San Francisco International airport earlier this month.

An anchor for the Oakland-based news station read the bogus names aloud with an accompanying graphic last week, before apologizing after a commercial break. Asiana claims the report damaged the reputation of the airline.

While the source of the fake names is still unknown, the National Transportation Safety Board has apologized for the incident, saying an intern mistakenly confirmed the names of the flight crew, according to a report by the AP.

Video of the newscast has since gone viral online, surpassing the seven million view mark just three days after being uploaded to YouTube.

Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said the South Korean company plans to “strongly respond to [the] racially discriminatory report,” and will likely file the suit Stateside.

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more
Comments 11