KTVU reports wrong names of Asiana Flight 214 pilots

KTVU Channel 2, a television station in San Francisco, CA, apologized after reporting the wrong names of the Asiana Flight 214 pilots.

KTVU's erroneous report about Asiana Flight 214 crew members' names
KTVU's erroneous report about Asiana Flight 214 crew members' names
“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,” said the news anchor of the Fox News affiliate serving the Bay Area.

The innocent newscaster seriously read the fake names that, if translated into normal words, would sound like “something wrong,” “we too low,” “holy f---,” and “bang ding awww!”

Realizing that they were pranked, the news channel immediately issued a statement about the blunder.

“Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error.”

On July 12, the Office of Public Affairs of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington posted on its website an official statement about the erroneous confirmation of crew names.

The NTSB apologized “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.”

It turned out that “a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft...in response to an inquiry from a media outlet,” referring to KTVU.

“Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated,” said the NTSB in the statement, adding that they do not “release or confirm the names of crew members or people involved in transportation accidents to the media.”

The board pointed out that they’re working hard “to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released.”