Asiana to take legal action against San Francisco TV station for erroneous report

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Asiana Airlines is planning legal action against a San Francisco television station following an erroneous report citing the names of the pilots involved in the 6 July crash of a Boeing 777-200ER at San Francisco International Airport.

Asiana says the station's erroneous report damaged the carrier's reputation in the wake of the 6 July crash. The report gave four false names for the pilots, which the carrier deems offensive.

The error, which was broadcast on 12 July, followed the station's attempt to contact the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about the names, which were verified by an NTSB intern.

The NTSB was quick to apologise for the mistake.

"The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6," it said in a statement.

"Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft."

Asiana also confirms that a third victim of the crash, a young Chinese woman, has passed away owing to injuries suffered during the crash.