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News Anchor Gives Fake Names Of Asiana Flight 214 Pilots; Names ‘Confirmed’ By NTSB Intern

News Anchor Gives Fake Names Of Asiana Flight 214 Pilots; Names ‘Confirmed’ By NTSB Intern

07/14/2013

Tori Campbell, a local news anchor for KTVU in Oakland, Calif., gave out fake names of the pilots who were flying Asiana Flight 214, which crash-landed at the San Francisco airport on July 6.

Reading the teleprompter, Campbell listed off the following names: Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. Despite the names' respective similarities to Captain Something Wrong, we too low, holy f—k and bang, ding, ow, no one became wise to the fake names until after the segment aired. Later on in the newscast, Campbell issued a brief statement to acknowledge the gaffe, saying the names “were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning,” and adding, "We apologize for this error.”

The NTSB official KTVU spoke with to confirm the names was a male intern. "The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6," the NTSB said in a statement. “Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.”

Both the NTSB and KTVU said that the incident would be reviewed and appropriate actions to lessen the likelihood of such confusion in the future would be taken. As of now, the intern, who was volunteering answering phones for the NTSB, seems to still have his summer job.

Last week, the names of two of the Asiana flight 214 pilots were revealed as Lee Kang-kook and Lee Jeong-min.

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