Asiana May Sue News Station For Airing Fake Pilot Name 'Ho Lee Fuk'

Asiana Airlines, the company involved in the SFO crash on July 6, is considering suing KTVU, an Oakland based TV Station. and the National Transportation Safety Board for airing fake and racially offensive pilot names.

In their noon broadcast on July 12, the station claimed that the pilots' names were "Captain Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk," and "Bang Ding Ow," writes The Atlantic Wire.

The error was blamed on an intern at the National Transportation Safety Board, who acted outside the scope of his duties in confirming the names.

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The television station and the NTSB have both since apologized for the mistake. On their website, KTVU claims that while they confirmed the names of the pilots by calling the NTSB, they never asked the person on the other end of the phone what his position was with the NTSB.

"The reputation of the four pilots and of the company had been seriously damaged by this report. The company is reviewing taking legal action against both KTVU-TV and the NTSB," Asiana Airlines told CNN.

The NTSB has issued the following statement:

The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots. A summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.  We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident.  Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.

Three people were killed after the Boeing 777 crash landed at San Francisco Airport on July 6. The investigation is still pending and early reports indicated possible pilot error. Those reports have yet to be confirmed.

Further Reading:

Asiana Airlines Mulling Legal Action Against TV Station That Aired Fake Names (Hollywood Reporter)

Asiana Airlines mulls legal action over TV report  (CBS)



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