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Crash airline ends race slur action

The airline involved in a fatal crash in San Francisco earlier this month has abandoned its plans to sue a local TV station over the use of racially offensive names.

Asiana Airlines said in a statement that KTVU-TV has already apologised for using fake names for four pilots on a plane that crashed on July 6, killing three people and injuring dozens.

The South Korean air carrier said it will no longer sue, as it had said it would do. Asiana said it wants to focus on supporting passengers and families.

Last week, an anchor for KTVU-TV read the fake names on air and then apologised after a break.

Asiana had said the report seriously damaged its reputation. It said on Monday that it would sue the TV station to respond to the racially discriminatory report that disparaged Asians.

Meanwhile, four South Korean pilots on the plane that crashed are being treated for psychological trauma and injuries caused by the incident.

Transport ministry officials said the pilots have been in hospital in South Korea following medical check-ups after returning home over the weekend.

The pilots underwent questioning by a US and South Korean joint investigation team while in the US. South Korean officials plan to conduct a separate interview with them.

The ministry officials said the interview can start as early as Friday at doctors' recommendation.

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