A summer intern with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent racist ripples across the Internet in the wake of the Asiana Flight 214 crash in San Francisco
, and now the airline is suing a TV station.
Oakland’s KTVU-TV broadcast the names of what they thought were the four pilots aboard the crash. The names they reported, which can be seen in the video below, were confirmed by the NTSB intern in question:
The station offered an on-air apology and the following statement from its vice president and general manager, Tom Raponi:
“We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites. Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”
The NTSB issued the following statement
after the broadcast: “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.”
Still, Asiana plans to go after the news outlet. Talking to USA Today
, spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said the airline wants to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report,” which she claims damaged Asiana’s reputation.
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No word on the identity of the intern yet, but it’s a safe guess he won’t be getting a glowing recommendation.
UPDATE: The Atlantic Wire
reports that the intern responsible for confirming the names has since been let go. Try to contain your surprise.