Asiana drops plans to sue television station

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Asiana Airlines has withdrawn its plan to take legal action against a San Francisco television station, three days after it expressed intentions to sue.

"We decided not to pursue legal action as a result of KTVU's public apology. We also have to keep all our resources dedicated to caring for passengers and family of flight 214, and supporting the investigation into the cause of the accident," says a spokeswoman.

She adds that the four pilots on board the aircraft have since returned to South Korea, and will be involved in investigations by the country's ministry of transport.

South Korea's transport ministry has said that it is conducting a special audit of Asiana after one of its Boeing 777-200ER crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, killing three passengers. The three-week probe will review the airline's safety management system and look at whether it violated any rules in its training, maintenance and operations.

Asiana had earlier said that KTVU Channel 2 news' erroneous report, which gave four false names of the pilots involved in the 6 July crash, were offensive and damaged the carrier's reputation.

The error, broadcasted on 12 July, followed the station's attempt to contact the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about the names, which were verified by an NTSB intern.