Asiana Airlines said in a statement Monday that the company was going to sue the San Francisco Fox affiliate that read out racially offensive names for the four pilots on the aircraft that crashed in the area. The airline said that the names were damaging to the airlines reputation.
A female anchorwoman for the local news station, KTVU-TV, read out the names as they could be seen on the screen. Also visible on the screen was the burned out wreckage of the plane that had crashed on July 6 killing three people and injuring many more. It now appears that the airline will not be suing KTVU but passengers will be suing Boeing.
The KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] have apologized, with the NTSB explaining that a summer intern incorrectly confirmed the names of the flight crew. NTSB spokesperson Kelly Nantel told CBSNews.com that KTVU-TV called with the list of names and asked for confirmation. The names were read to the NTSB intern who erroneously confirmed them, as they were read.
Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said in the previous statement that the company intended to sue KTVU-TV in an effort to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report” that disparaged Asians. Hyomin also said, “airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.”
The spokeswoman revealed that the company would not be suing NTSB. But since the announcement of Asiana Airlines intention to sue the television station, @BreakingNews has revealed that the Korean airlines company will not be filing a lawsuit for damaging the airlines reputation against the local news station.
But while the company will not be pursuing their lawsuit against the TV station, passengers from the flight will be suing the aircraft manufacturing firm Boeing.
A Chicago law firm has confirmed that it has started proceeding to sue the manufacturer Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people onboard the flight that crashed in San Francisco on July 6 this year. The passengers claim that the crash could have been caused by a mechanical malfunction of the Boeing 777’s auto throttle.
Monday saw the Ribbeck Law Chartered file a petition for discovery, which is a legal term that means to preserve evidence, in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, where the aircraft manufacturing company has their headquarters.
The law firm released a statement that revealed that more lawsuits will be filed against Asiana Airlines and other aircraft manufacturing companies. In the news release statement, Ribbeck said that as well as the possible problems with the auto throttle, some emergency slides allegedly opened inside the plane hurting some passengers and blocking others from escaping the plane. Other passengers were stuck in their seats by reportedly faulty seatbelts and had to be cut out.
The flight, which had 307 passengers on top of the flight crew crashed as it approached the San Francisco International Airport runway to land on July 6 this year. As the aircraft started its final descent, it caught a seawall which tore off the tail section and caused the aircraft to spin out of control on the runway. The plane also caught fire as a result.
Monica R. Kelly, the head of the Ribbeck law firm’s aviation section said, “We must find the causes of the crash and demand that the problems with the airline and the aircraft are immediately resolved to avoid future tragedies.”
The news that Asiana Airlines will not be suing KTVU-TV for their racist comments will no doubt please the small affiliate station, but Boeing will not be pleased to hear that the passengers of the crashed jet will be suing them.
By Michael Smith