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Asiana Drops Suit Over Name Prank

July 18, 2013

Lawyers for passengers on the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco last week have filed papers to sue Boeing on claims that a mechanical malfunction caused the accident.

The complaint, which was filed in Chicago Tuesday on behalf of 83 passengers, will be expanded in the coming days to include Asiana Airlines and the manufacturers of the plane's components, attorneys said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The complaint also alleges that malfunctions in the plane's inflatable exit chutes and seat belts also contributed to passenger injuries.

Three passengers were killed and more than 80 injured when the Boeing 777 landed short of the runway, sheering off its undercarriage and tail section when it hit a seawall. Pilots have said that they believed the plane's auto-throttle was keeping it at the right speed, when in fact the plane was flying far too slowly.

The legal filings came as the airline announced in Seoul that it would not pursue legal action against a California TV station that had broadcast offensive names for the pilots of the crashed aircraft.

The station, KTVU, had identified the pilots with false names which, when pronounced phonetically, sound like "Something wrong" and "We Too Low," claiming that it had received confirmation of the names from the government investigator, the National Transport Safety Board.

KTVU quickly apologized for the foul-up, while the NTSB said that a summer intern, who has since been fired, mistakenly confirmed the names presented by the TV station.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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