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NTSB: summer intern gave fake Asiana pilot names

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Screen grab of graphic from KTVU's newscast Screen grab of graphic from KTVU's newscast
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WFLA) -

San Francisco Bay area television station KTVU on Friday falsely reported the names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Flight 214 as racially offensive epithets.

During KTVU's noon newscast, the news anchor read the four names off the teleprompter, citing confirmation from a National Transportation Safety Board official in Washington, D.C. 

A graphic on the screen identified the four as "Captain Sum Ting Wong", "Wi Tu Lo", "Ho Lee F[**]", which the anchor pronounced as "fook", and "Bang Ding Ow".

When the mistake was realized, the anchor read the following statement on air:  "Earlier in the newscast, we gave some names of the 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 this error."

The incident went viral. 

On Friday night, the National Transportation Safety Board posted a statement on its website in response to the incident.  It reads:

"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.

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.

The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident.

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

Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.

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