Asiana Airlines Won’t Sue TV Station Over Racially Charged Snafu

Korean airline will not pursue defamation lawsuit against KTVU after station apologizes for falsely reporting pilot names

Asiana Airlines flight 214
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Asiana Airlines said Wednesday that it has decided to not file a defamation lawsuit against San Francisco TV station KTVU, which falsely reported racially insensitive names of pilots of the plane that crashed July 6.

The Korean airline had threatened to sue the Fox affiliate, alleging the bogus names — which phonetically spelled “We Too Low” and other phrases — harmed its reputation. But Asiana now says it will not take legal action after KTVU apologized for last Friday’s telecast, CNN reported.

An intern with the National Transportation Safety Board inaccurately confirmed the fake names with KTVU. The NTSB, which Asiana also had considered suing, has apologized for the incident; the intern is reportedly no longer with the agency.