KTVU Apologizes, Asiana Airlines Still Planning Lawsuit

KTVU has repeatedly apologized for its embarrassing reporting fail in the wake of the Asiana Airlines crash, but that may not be enough to stop a lawsuit.

Asiana said that it plans on suing the network for damaging their reputation.

After an Asiana Airlines plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport, KTVU used a series of fake and offensive names in their coverage. The network said that they were given the information by the National Transportation Safety Board but admitted that they did not double check the information.

This led to the embarrassing moment when KTVU reported that Captain Sum Ting Wong and Ho Lee Fuk were flying the plane when it crashed.

KTVU apologized on air shortly after the incident. They also released a statement on their website as well as on their social media accounts. The NTSB has also apologized for giving out false information.

Still, Asiana Airlines believes that the incident damaged their reputation and they plan on suing KTVU.

Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said that the airline would “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report.”

The airline does not plan on filing a lawsuit against the NTSB.

The Asiana Airlines crash last week in San Francisco left three people dead. An exact cause has not been determined but it has been reported that the pilot was making his first landing with a Boeing 777. The crash investigation will focus on pilot error as well as the automated controls.

Are you surprised that Asiana Airlines is suing KTVU? Do you think the actual plane crash or KTVU’s false names report damaged the company’s reputation more?