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Asiana says TV station damaged its reputation

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July 14, 2013 03:12 AM EST | AP


SEOUL, South Korea — Asiana Airlines says its reputation was damaged by a report on a San Francisco TV station that used bogus names for four pilots on its plane that crashed last week that were a play on Asian names and that it is considering legal action.

An anchor for KTVU-TV read the racially offensive names on the air Friday before apologizing for the error after a break. The National Transportation Safety Board has apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

An Asiana statement Sunday said that the KTVU-TV report "badly damaged" the reputation of the airline and its pilots.

It didn't say what legal measures Asiana is considering.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.