US channel sorry for Asiana pilot gaffe
AN AMERICAN television channel has apologised after reporting fake and racially insensitive names for the pilots of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crash landed at San Francisco airport.
Tori Campbell, a presenter on KTVU, a San Francisco Bay Area station, read the false names on air last Friday with an accompanying graphic.
"KTVU has just learnt the names of the four pilots who were on board the flight," Ms Campbell said. "They are Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. And the NTSB has confirmed these are the names of the pilots on board flight 214 when it crashed. We are working to determine exactly what roles each of them played during the landing."
The report was read out despite the names of both pilots being confirmed earlier last week as Lee Jeong-min and Lee Gang-guk, both from South Korea.
After a commercial break, the anchor apologised for the error, claiming that an official at the National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] had confirmed the names.
KTVU followed up the broadcast with a statement on its website claiming they had not phonetically sounded out the names.
The NTSB also apologised for the "inaccurate and offensive" error, blaming it on a summer intern who "acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft".
News of a third passenger death came as authorities confirmed that Ye Men Yuan (16), one of the two Chinese teenagers who died on the day of the disaster, was hit by a fire engine on its way to the burning Boeing 777.
As well as those killed, more than 180 were injured, 49 of them seriously, when the flight came in too low, hit a sea wall, and crash landed before catching fire.