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Asiana changes course, won’t sue TV station over fake names debacle

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Asiana Airlines has reversed course and decided not to sue a California TV station that used fake, racially insensitive names for four pilots who crashed a plane in San Francisco on July 6.

"We decided not to proceed with the suit to concentrate all our efforts on dealing with the aftermath of the accident," Asiana said in a statement on Wednesday.

The company had planned to file suit against San Francisco-area station KTVU-TV, which on July 12 reported that "Captain Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo" and two others piloted the downed flight.

The crash killed three people and injured many more.

Before going to air with the fake names, KTVU says it confirmed the names with the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB now says that a summer intern confirmed the erroneous information and acted far outside the scope of his duty in doing so.

The intern reportedly has been fired over the incident.

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