KTVU Pilot Names Blunder: 3 Producers Fired From Job

The KTVU pilot names blunder led to the station’s firing of three of its producers: Roland De Wolk, Cristina Gastelu and Brad Belstock.

KTVU Pilot Names Blunder

Earlier this month, “The KTVU Channel Two News at Noon” aired offensive and phony names of the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

“KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board the flight. They are Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow,” news anchor Tori Campbell said during the broadcast.

KTVU and Campbell, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board, separately issued statements of apology.

The channel acknowledged committing the mistake, but NTSB denied the prank originated from them.

“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,” NTSB said in its official statement.

Several days after, the San Francisco Chronicle reports KTVU fired De Wolk, Gastelu and Belstock for the pilot names blunder.

It was also in the news that Asiana Airlines did not pursue legal action against the station which, on the other hand, filed a copyright claim against YouTube, asking the video-sharing site to remove clips of the particular broadcast.