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Asiana Airlines Drops Plans To Sue KTVU-TV Over Fake Pilot Names

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The wrecked fuselage of Asiana Airlines flight 214 sits in a storage area at San Francisco International Airport on July 12, 2013 at San Francisco International Airport. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The wrecked fuselage of Asiana Airlines flight 214 sits in a storage area at San Francisco International Airport on July 12, 2013 at San Francisco International Airport. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SEOUL, South Korea (CBS/AP) — Asiana Airlines said Wednesday it no longer plans to sue a Bay Area TV station over the use of racially offensive names.

The South Korean air carrier said that KTVU-TV has already apologized for using fake names for four pilots on a plane that crashed in San Francisco on July 6. It will no longer sue, as it had said it would do.

Asiana says it wants to focus on supporting passengers and families. The crash killed three and injured dozens.

Last week, an anchor for KTVU-TV read the fake names—apparently someone’s idea of a prank to use fake Asian-style names that sounded out distress calls and curse words—on air and then apologized after a break.

Asiana earlier said the report seriously damaged its reputation. It said Monday that it would sue the TV station to respond to the racially discriminatory report that disparaged Asians.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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