Asiana Airlines announced Wednesday it would not pursue the legal action it had promised against a Bay Area TV station that aired incorrect, racially insensitive names of pilots on the plane that crashed in San Francisco.
The airline previously said its reputation had been damaged by KTVU-TV’s Friday report, which wrongly identified the pilots by names including “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo.”
Asiana said Monday it was planning a defamation lawsuit over the report, which an airline spokesman described as “mocking.”
The National Transportation Safety Board–which is investigating the July 6 crash–said a summer intern mistakenly confirmed the names, though Asiana said the suit would not include the agency because it was the station’s broadcast that led to the harm.
But Wednesday, Asiana announced a change of course.
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