A San Francisco television station which went on the air to report the recent Asiana Airlines airport crash using the names of the pilots that turned out be phony as well as racially offensive may be on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the airlines.
According to officials at the National Transportation Safety Board, an intern working at the television station confirmed phony names of the four pilots on board the doomed jet and they were used in a graphic visual that accompanied a photograph of the burning 777 aircraft during a report about the crash.
According to a spokesperson for Asiana Airlines, the company is planning on filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against station KTVU for using names which were racially discriminatory and that helped to slander the airline’s reputation since accurate information about the pilots and their correct actual names was never obtained for the report used on air. According to the airline official, Asiana has not yet determined whether or not the National Transportation Safety Board would also be included in the lawsuit.
All four pilots on board the jet which hit the seawall upon landing at San Francisco International Airport have returned to South Korea.
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NTSB and KTVU Apologize for Racially Insensitive Asiana Pilot Names
The NTSB and KTVU got royally punked recently when they released what they believed were the names of the captain and pilots aboard Asiana flight 214 which crashed into the runway at San Francisco International Airport.
The names were Captain Sum Ting Wong (something wrong), Ho Lee *** (Holy f-ck), Wi Tu Lo (we too low), and Bang Ding Ow (Bang, ding oww!).
“We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out,” an apology issued on the KTVU website read. The TV station also admitted to not properly vetting the person at the NTSB who provided the spelling of the names.
Admittedly, neither the NTSB nor KTVU was intending to make racially insensitive comments like that, but somewhere at the NTSB, someone hatched the idea to punk the television network. KTVU didn’t conduct thorough fact checking as is customary, but they did phone the NTSB for confirmation of the names.
They reached a summer intern who confirmed the veracity of the names and KTVU, without further processing, posted the names on their news broadcast on live television.
“We have a lot of good people here at KTVU Channel 2. We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity,” KTVU’s statement continued. “Clearly, on Friday, that didn’t happen. So again, from everyone here at KTVU, we offer our sincerest apology.”
Asiana Airlines is now threatening legal action against both entities regardless of their apologies. Apparently, the airline was deeply offended by the report and claims that the posting of the fictitious names “seriously damaged” the reputation of the airline and four pilots.
Really? Some would counter that flying a Boeing 777 below the appropriate speed and crashing it into the runway played a role in diminished reputation. Is the airline suggesting that the faux-names warrant a lawsuit to restore their good standing with the public?
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