Local

Asiana Airlines Says Oakland’s KTVU Damaged Its Reputation

View Comments
An Asiana Airlines flight enroute to Korea, a Boeing 777, taxis by the wreckage of Asiana Airlines flight 214 as it sits on runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport on July 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Two days after Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is continuing their investigation as to why the plane crashed.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An Asiana Airlines flight enroute to Korea, a Boeing 777, taxis by the wreckage of Asiana Airlines flight 214 as it sits on runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport on July 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Two days after Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is continuing their investigation as to why the plane crashed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SFO PLANE CRASH
173140902 8 Asiana Airlines Says Oaklands KTVU Damaged Its ReputationLatest Updates

asianaairdeun01 Asiana Airlines Says Oaklands KTVU Damaged Its ReputationPhoto Gallery

173084446 8 e1373483686978 Asiana Airlines Says Oaklands KTVU Damaged Its ReputationVideo Archive

SEOUL, South Korea (CBS/AP) — Asiana Airlines said Sunday its reputation was damaged by a report on a San Francisco TV station that used bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on its plane that crashed earlier this month and is considering legal action.

An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air Friday and then apologized after a break. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned out plane. Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

An Asiana statement said it’s mulling legal measures against both KTVU-TV and the NTSB because the report “badly damaged” the reputation of the airline and its pilots.

It didn’t say what legal measures it was considering.

Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.

The four pilots, who underwent questioning by a U.S. and South Korean joint investigation team while in the U.S., returned to South Korea on Saturday. South Korean officials plan to conduct separate interviews with them, South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Sunday.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 55,777 other followers