Asiana Airlines sues TV station over racist crew names in TV Report

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You probably would have heard about ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 which crashed, leading to the deaths of 3 young girls and injuries for 180 of the flight’s passengers. You may not have heard about the huge screw-up with a KTVU-TV report that used fake and racially insensitive names for the pilots who were in charge of flying the plane.

In the KTVU broadcast, the four incorrect names (like Sum Ting Wong and Wi Tu Lo) were displayed on the screen while a news anchor read them aloud. Since then, Asiana Airlines has identified the pilot and co-pilot of the flight as Lee Kang-kook and Lee Jung-min. A spokeswoman for the South Korean airline, Lee Hyomin, said the broadcast had damaged Asiana’s reputation and that it will sue the station to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report,” according to the Associated Press.

Naturally, an intern was blamed for the tom-foolery with the National Transportation Safety Board saying a summer intern “acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.”


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