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

New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees Sues Former Teammate For False Tax Credits

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees Sues Former Teammate For False Tax CreditsDrew Brees, who just recently sued a former teammate, found out the hard way that you have to be careful trusting others with your money.

‘Mishandled’

The New Orleans Saints superstar has taken legal action against Kevin Houser, as the former long snapper and teammate of Brees allegedly advised the quarterback to invest $160,000 in false tax credits, according to Michael Kunzelman of the Associated Press:

The suit filed on Brees’ behalf in federal court claims former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser, a licensed securities broker, mishandled the star quarterback’s money and failed to disclose his own financial interests in the investments he was promoting.


‘Joint lawsuit’

It seems Brees was reluctant to take his former colleague to court, because he was one of the last to add his name to a joint lawsuit that includes teammates and coaches who reportedly invested about “$2 million to buy nonexistent tax credits from a defunct movie studio.”

Brees, according to his lawyer Daniel Becnel Jr., wanted to settle this away from the courtroom, but decided in the end to sue the 35-year-old who was an active member of the Saints from 2000-07.

Have you ever been financially duped by a friend? Was Drew Brees right in suing Kevin Houser?

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

Image: Bloguin