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Would ‘Captain Sum Ting Wong’ Please Take The Stand?: Asiana May Sue Over Racist Pilot Names

Asiana Airlines has indicated it is considering suing local San Francisco television station KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board after the two organizations accidentally published fake racist names of Asiana’s pilots last week.

KTVU aired the names, which included “Sum Ting Wong,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow,” on Friday, and quickly recanted after the prank was spotted. The station said it got the names from NTSB, which eventually blamed the incident on—wait for it—a summer intern.

The airline threatened legal action in a statement over the weekend.

“Regarding the KTVU-TV’s demeaning report of the pilots on July 12, Asiana Airlines is reviewing possible legal action against KTVU-TV and the NTSB,” read the airline’s statement. “The reputation of the four pilots and of the company had been seriously damaged by this report. The company is reviewing taking legal action against both KTVU-TV and the NTSB.”

Both KTVU and the NTSB have apologized.

Reports that Asiana has obtained counsel Anita Bath and Mya Butthertz are at this time unconfirmed.

Watch the original video, plus the station’s apology, below, via KTVU:

[h/t WCVB]


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