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

Atlanta Radio Hosts Booted After Mocking Steve Gleason

Atlanta Radio Hosts Booted After Mocking Steve GleasonThree Atlanta-area radio hosts have been fired after mocking former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason in one of their on-air segments. Gleason is currently retired and battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

‘Downright horrific’

Rick Mack, the senior vice president and general manager of 790 The Zone in Atlanta, issued a statement on the station’s to apologize. The three hosts mocked Gleason Monday by employing a robotic voice—which Gleason operates using his eyes in order to speak—and answered questions in a mock interview setting. The commentary ranged from offensive to downright horrific.


‘Debilitating disease’

According to WWLTV in New Orleans, which picked up the story from a post at TigerDroppings.com, the hosts used knock-knock jokes in the segment, and at one point, the host speaking for Gleason openly wondered if he would be alive by Thursday.

In 2011, four years after retiring from the NFL, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. The disease has taken away his ability to speak, but he’s been able to communicate using computer software despite his debilitating disease.

What is your reaction regarding the three Atlanta radio hosts mocking Steve Gleason? Did they deserve the boot?

Source: Zach Kruse, Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated