Asiana to sue over bogus pilot names gaffe

2013-07-14 10:05

Seoul - Asiana said on Sunday it was planning lawsuits against US transport authorities and a TV station for mistakenly confirming and airing false and offensive names for the pilots behind its fatal crash in San Francisco.

Fox network affiliate KTVU news Channel 2 in Oakland identified the pilots of the Asiana Boeing 777 that crashed last weekend as "Sum Ting Wong", "Wi Tu Lo", "Ho Lee Fuk", and "Bang Ding Ow".

KTVU cited the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as its source, but quickly realised the mistake and apologised.

The NTSB later apologised for the "inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed" as those of the Asiana pilots - and blamed the mistake on an intern.

Asiana however said the incident had "seriously tarnished the dignity of the four pilots as well as the company".

"We are planning legal actions against KTVU that aired the report as well as the NTSB that confirmed the names," the air carrier said in a statement.

Three people died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on 6 July and more than 180 were injured.

  • Mark Spencer - 2013-07-14 10:15

    This is priceless

      Frik du Toit - 2013-07-14 11:16

      Fa Kin Su Pah

      Joe Smith - 2013-07-14 11:18

      lol frik

  • Deon Kotze - 2013-07-14 10:21

    Should I laugh or cry? Som ting wen wong

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-07-14 10:23

      That was a good one.

  • Danie Venter - 2013-07-14 10:24

    I'm sooooo going to hell for laughing at this article LOL!!!!

  • Nick Fort - 2013-07-14 10:24


  • George Michaelides - 2013-07-14 10:35

    Whahahaha....made my morning!

  • James Smythe - 2013-07-14 10:35

    Glad to see that the ace aviator from China, Wun Wing Lo, was not involved here!

  • Greg Page - 2013-07-14 10:46

    WOT WEN WONG ????

  • Desmond Drake - 2013-07-14 11:15

    KTVU news's inteligence is on par with the cANCer government of SA

  • Sthembize Zulu - 2013-07-14 11:29

    That racism is ingrained in American society is evident in this report and the incomprehensible acquittal in the Zimmerman case

      Jaco Holtzhausen - 2013-07-14 11:56

      The only reason why you wanted Zimmerman to be guilty is coz he's white.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-14 14:10

      We could use a battalion of Zimmermans in SA to sort out the undisciplined youth and inconsiderate drivers.

      Bingo - 2013-07-16 21:08

      Zimmerman is not white, he is a Hispanic. Please explain you comment

  • rhondajvv - 2013-07-14 11:35

    It's wha ta pus siam

  • Patsy Smith - 2013-07-14 11:54

    FGS! Can't you people take a joke - even if it IS sick humour. Very sorry for the dead and injured, but! I'm constantly amazed at the amount of time, energy and money spent on sueing people for irony, sarcasm etc....

      Seymore Butt - 2013-07-14 12:58

      next time when your close ones die, we will see how much irony, sarcasm and joke you can take...

  • Given Von Baloyi - 2013-07-14 12:38

    I heard the Lawyer representing Asiana is "Wee Sue Yue"

  • Edan Sarah - 2013-07-14 12:55

    Lol that is very amusing. Pity they are suing and not gracious. Makes them retards and puts sights on their calibre and why this happened in the first place.

  • Del Pearson - 2013-07-14 13:49

    Shame, so it wasn't April 1st. Get a life Asiana, this is one of the funniest "mistakes" in our serious, politically correct world.

  • Louwri Van Heerden - 2013-07-14 18:46

    Everybody is racist....boooooring!

  • Kwena Molekoa - 2013-07-14 19:36

    U sik lesists !

  • Martin De Lange - 2013-07-14 21:25

    It is funny. True. But jokes are always at the expense of someone else. These jokes are very insensitive and to put them on the air... that is even worst! But, they are NOT racist, just in bad taste.

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