Asiana Airlines Reconsiders Lawsuit Against KTVU Over Racist Reporting Error

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Asiana Airlines Reconsiders Lawsuit Against KTVU Over Racist Reporting Error
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Asiana Airlines Reconsiders Lawsuit Against KTVU Over Racist Reporting Error

Asiana Airlines will not pursue a lawsuit against San Francisco TV station KTVU after all for reporting racist and incorrect names of the crewmembers from the recent crash landing, CNN reported Wednesday.

Previously, the airline had said that it would pursue legal action against KTVU-TV. At the time, a spokesman said the company did not have plans to file a separate suit against the NTSB.

TheWrap's attempts for comment from both Asiana Airlines and KTVU were not immediately returned.

Also read: NTSB Fires Intern Who Confirmed Asiana Pilot Names To KTVU-TV

On July 6, the Asiana Airlines flight crashed on the San Francisco International Airport runway, killing three and injuring 180. KTVU-TV reported racially insensitive and erroneous names that were confirmed by a summer intern at the NTSB. Both companies have since apologized.

It is currently unknown who produced the fake names -- "Captain Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk" and "Bang Ding Ow" -- but the NTSB said it was not the intern.

Also read: KTVU-TV Refuses to Identify Source of Racial Asiana Pilot-Name 'Joke'

"The names were presented, by the station, to the intern for confirmation," NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. "The intern did not make up the names and provide them to the station."

That intern has since been fired.

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