Asiana Airlines to sue KTVU over fake pilot names

Following a mistake where Oakland’s KTVU was tricked into reading a bogus list of pilot names for the four pilots from Asiana Flight 214 crash on air, the South Korean airline said it will sue the television station, according to CBS.

KTVU’s Tori Campbell read the offensive, fake names during a noon newscast after the station confirmed them with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB apologized, saying an “intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.”

The television channel also apologized and took full responsibility for the error.

“We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites. Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again,” KTVU’s Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi said.

Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said the television report seriously damaged Asiana’s reputation. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.

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