A spokeswoman for the South Korean airline, Lee Hyomin, said the broadcast seriously damaged Asiana's reputation and that it will sue the station to "strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report," according to the Associated Press. The suit will likely be filed in the United States, she said.
The KTVU segment that referred to the pilots by four false names, including "Capt. Sum Ting Wong" and "Wi Tu Lo," has gone viral and drawn heavy criticism on the Internet.
Two teenage girls from China were killed and more than 180 people were injured when the
In the KTVU newscast, the four incorrect names were displayed on the screen, and an anchor read them aloud. Asiana Airlines has identified the pilot and copilot of the flight as Lee Kang-kook and Lee Jung-min.
In a statement read on KTVU-TV, anchor Frank Somerville said the station made several mistakes, including not reading the names aloud to phonetically sound them out.
Asiana will not sue the NTSB, according to the Associated Press.