Asiana Airlines To Proceed With TV Station Lawsuit Over Fake Pilot Names

Asiana Airlines To Proceed With TV Station Lawsuit Over Fake Pilot NamesAsiana Airlines says it will proceed with its planned lawsuit against an Oakland, California, television station, but it’s not going to pursue legal action against the National Transportation Safety Board.

‘Inaccurate and offensive’

Over the weekend, the Korean airline had said it would sue both entities after an intern at the NTSB mistakenly confirmed “inaccurate and offensive” names as those of the pilots of Flight 214, which crash-landed nine days ago at San Francisco International Airport. The bogus names that phonetically spelled out phrases such as “Something Wrong” and “We Too Low” were read during KTVU’s noon broadcast Friday. The airline called the “demeaning” and said it was “reviewing possible legal action.”

On Monday morning, the airline seemed to have a partial change of heart, at least concerning the NTSB. Airline spokesman Na Chul-hee said Asiana has retained a U.S. law firm to file a defamation claim against the TV station. But, he said, the company didn’t have plans to file a separate suit against the NTSB.


‘Erroneously confirmed’

The NTSB apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive” names, which it said were erroneously confirmed by a summer intern. A government official with knowledge of the situation said Monday the intern is no longer with the agency. It was not immediately clear who produced the fake names, but the NTSB said it was not the intern. The NTSB said it does not release or confirm the identities of crew members or other people involved in transportation accidents.

Asiana Flight 214 was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members when it crash-landed on July 6 on the runway after striking a seawall. Three passengers died, including a girl who died of her injuries Friday morning. More than 180 others were injured.

Do you think the pilot involved in this accident didn’t have sufficient experience in flying the said plane? Who do you think gave those fake names? Feel free to share your opinion with us!

Source: Yoonjung Seo and Ashley Fantz | CNN

Image: ABC News

Australian Police: Apple Maps Flaw Is ‘Potentially Life-Threatening’

Australian Police Apple Maps Flaw Is 'Potentially Life-Threatening'Inaccurate, inconvenient, ill-conceived … now add “potentially life-threatening” to the list of words being used to describe flaws in Apple’s much maligned maps app.

‘Stranded for up to 24 hours’

Police in Mildura, Australia are warning drivers to be careful about using Apple Maps to find the city, which the app has placed more than 40 miles (70 kilometers) away in the Outback. Calling it a “potentially life-threatening issue,” police say the mapping system lists Mildura, a city of 30,000 people, as being in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park. Several motorists have had to be rescued by police from the park, which police say has no water supply and where temperatures can reach a blistering 46 degrees Celsius (114 Fahrenheit).

“Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception,” Mildura police said in a statement. “Police have contacted Apple in relation to the issue and hope the matter is rectified promptly to ensure the safety of motorists travelling to Mildura. Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.”


‘Widely panned’

Apple spokesman Adam Howorth would not comment on the Australian police allegations, but told CNN that Apple is “working hard to fix Maps.” Rival systems to Apple’s, including Google Maps, listed Mildura in the correct location, northeast of Murray-Sunset National Park. Apple Maps, which replaced the Google Maps app on Apple mobile devices when the tech giant released its iOS 6 platform in September, has been widely panned by critics and users alike. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for Maps shortly after its release. In a September letter posted on Apple’s website, Cook wrote:

“We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

Have you encountered other problems while using the Apple Maps? Which do you prefer using — Apple Maps, or Google Maps?

Source: CNN

Image: Beyond