Asiana Airlines sues California TV station for offensive names read during flight crash news report

A summer intern mistakenly confirmed the racially discriminatory names that were attributed to Flight 214’s pilots

Asiana Airlines will be suing Oakland, Calif. TV station KTVU over “inaccurate and offensive” names that the station read during its Friday noon broadcast as the names of the pilots of Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

A summer intern at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) mistakenly confirmed the names that KTVU anchor Tori Campbell read on air. The names phonetically spelled phrases like “We Too Low” and “Something Wrong.” Asiana Airlines said the broadcast was “demeaning” and “racially discriminatory.” The NTSB says that it did not come up with the names, but that they were just presented by the station and confirmed by the intern, who is no longer with the agency. KTVU has not commented on the origin of the names.

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