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Campbell Sounds Off on Asiana Lawsuit Against KTVU

The airlines has since scrapped its plans to sue KTVU.

Courtesy NTSB
Courtesy NTSB
The Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in SFO has been on the minds of many but recent incidents, including an on-air gaffe by a local television station and subsequent threat of a lawsuit by the airline have Campbell residents heated.

Asiana Airlines confirmed Monday that it would sue KTVU for incorrectly naming the pilots in the crash that killed three people.

We asked our readers this: 

Asiana Airlines is suing KTVU over offensive, and fake, pilot names read on air July 12. Do you think this is the right move for Asiana? Or is there a better way to handle this? Suggestions?

This is what Campbell had to say:

  • Elisabeth: It's just drawing more attention to the mistake, making Asiana look bad for such a frivolous action when they need to focus on the real issues - what caused the crash, how to prevent it from happening again, and how to care for the victims of the crash.
  • Ami: Personally I was really impressed with how KTVU owned up to the mistake. It was stupid, yes. But, this happens all. the. time. News agencies are under so much pressure to be the first to report news that they often report things incorrectly which sadly has led to so many ridiculous conspiracy theories. For once, a news agency completely owned up, took responsibility, and handled the situation in the best way possible. I can understand why the airline would be upset - it was offensive. On the other hand, I totally agree with Elisabeth. The focus should not be on this particular error, but whatever errors may have caused the accident to begin with.
  • Elizabeth: I think they are suing the wrong people. After all, it was the intern from NTBS(?) that put out the press release with the fake name.
  • Heather: What Elizabeth H. said.
  • Page: They caused the damage when they wrecked the plane. They will have no legal standing.
  • Bryn: Burden of proof rests w/ the party BRINGING the lawsuit. The airline would have to "prove beyond a reasonable doubt" that KTVU intended to offend. (Also, despite the Inept Intern Source. . . just how many people SAW the fake name info before it went on air?)
  • Lee Ann: They need money because they will be sued right out of business so I guess they will find money anywhere they can! Reminds me of the whole San Bruno vs. PGE disaster  Sorry KTVU you made a mistake but should not be sued over it!!!!

According to Reuters, the airline announced Wednesday that it would drop the lawsuit.

"Asiana Airlines has decided not to proceed with the case since KTVU has issued a formal apology and in order for us to focus all our efforts on managing the aftermath of the accident," the South Korean company said in a statement.

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