Asiana Plane Crash: Offensively Wrong List of Pilots Read on Air After Intern Pranks TV Station

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Needless to say, a local Fox affiliate's report on last weekend's San Francisco plane crash got the names of the Asiana pilots a little bit wrong ...

Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow were in no way involved in the airline accident that killed two people last Saturday.

An anchor at Oakland-based KTVU apologized, as did the station, after reporting the fake pilots onboard Asiana Flight 214, which went down at SFO.

"We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize [on] the newscast as well as on our website and social media sites," KTVU chief Tom Rapioni said.

But Rapioni also noted that the names were actually signed off on by the National Transportation Safety Board before the station's noon broadcast.

Sure enough, the NTSB admitted it and blamed a smart-ass intern:

"The National Transportation Safety Board does not release or confirm names of crew members or people involved in transportation accidents to the media."

"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 [these names]."

"Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated."

Asiana Pilot Names

"We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident."

"The NTSB sincerely apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214."

Just the same, KTVU acknowledged that those "names" should have never made it on air in the first place, and blamed its editors for dropping the ball.

"We made several mistakes when we received this information," an apology by anchor Frank Somerville (not the anchor who read them on-air) said.

"First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out."

"Then, during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position."

"We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were," he admitted, "and then rushed the names on our noon newscast."

"We have a lot of good people here at KTVU Channel 2. We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity.

"Clearly, on Friday, that didn't happen. Even with this statement from the NTSB, KTVU accepts full responsibility for this mistake."

"So again, we offer our most sincerest apology."

Incredible that this happened, for several reasons.

Many feel that the fake names, while clever, were in poor taste, considering that two people DIED in the crash ... not to mention the obvious racism angle.

What do you think?


Has anyone thought of the idea that maybe when the "smart-ass" intern confirmed the names it wasn't about racism or spiting someone. Maybe, just maybe, they sounded funny and him being a probably unpaid intern said "fuck it, why not" and just went with it. Why does everything have to be a direct aassault maybe its just funny circumstances. If you say racism isn't funny then you the one causing it to be hurtful.


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We don't know whether the intern was white or a different race or a combination. The TV station was just clueless, it sounds like. The joke is racist and stupid, like on a playground, seriously. I have seen a great deal of sympathy for the passengers and crew. I think any lack of more personal coverage is probably due to the fact that there were so few deaths. Or maybe the people don't want to be interviewed or are back in other countries. But the stories I have seen have been very touching. I'm so glad it wasn't worse!


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You white women hate us and you are xenophobes! You hate us why? Maybe because we take your men and give them best time of their lives!!
Go ahead and get mad.

@ hyojin

Don't hate you a bit! Definitely not a xenophobe - that's why I like the US is because there is so much diversity and so many cultures here. It's so boring in (some) other countries where everything is all the same. I would like to look Asian, I have to say. But I'm not, so I'll go with what I've got!


some may think that this is funny but seriously, what the heck ! this is way past stupid !

@ kiagela

Perhaps its a bit far to suggest this jib was aimed at Asians in general. We have a crash landing on a clear day in a new plane. While uncomfirmed, the first suspicion is pilot incompetence, and that the relatively hierarchical social structure might have contributed to this. This gives some context to making fun of the pilots. Note that nobody is making fun of the 3 kids who perished.


This is what media does...over exaggerate...careless actions and hurtful remarks cause racial tension, these actions of the station further add to the tension amongst races. This won't have happen if a this plane is filled with white folks, sympathy will pour in so fast! Look at the vote counts on Too Funny...very sick world when there is ath involved.

@ angela pan

Exactly if it were white people on the plan celebs would be tweeting left and right,there would be sad music photo and names,interviews of there families smh so much shit but because they are asian they get made fun of..So much Racism in the new recently of white people saying hurtful things to and about blacks ,asians and hispanics this has to stop we are all one

@ angela pan

Or maybe the joke is just funny even if the crash is obviously tragic ... Chill


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"We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity." Which is obvious, given the grammar which follows that statement:
"So again, we offer our most sincerest apology."