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KTVU accidentally names Asiana pilots 'Sum Ting Wong' and 'Ho Lee Fuk' in crash report (VIDEO)

KTVU adds insult to injury with racist Asiana crash misreport.

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The burnt-out shell of Asiana Airline's Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco sits on the runway. Crews began removing the craft on July 12, 2013, six days after the crash-landing killed two passengers. (Handout/AFP/Getty Images)

PETALUMA, Calif. — Oakland's KTVU has apologized after accidentally using racist prank names in reporting the Asiana Flight 214's crash-landing in San Francisco on Saturday, according to Salon

KTVU's Channel Two broadcast the “confirmed” pilot names as Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Low, Ho Lee Fuk, Band Ding Ow. Exactly how this list did not immediately raise red flags remains unclear.

Related: Asiana will beef up pilot training on new jets; plans to sue KTVU

News anchor Tori Campbell read out the names in full seemingly unaware of a problem. The name Fuk, thankfully, was pronounced "fook" rather than the presumably intended alternative. Campbell later announced on-air that the names were in error but said the network had confirmed the list with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), reported San Francisco's SF Gate

The network, a Bay Area FOX affiliate, has since apologized both on-air and online but insists that the pilot names had been cleared with the NTSB.

This is being disputed by the agency, with NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson telling SF Weekly that the agency did not release any names to KTVU or any other news organization. 

"The error suggests KTVU was the victim of a hoax," surmised Poynter

The correct names of the Asiana pilots are Lee Gang-guk and Lee Jeong-mi. 

Watch the misreport as well as the network's on-air apology below: 

The apology:

The affair has been followed closely online, meanwhile...

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Tad More than 1 year ago
It can be called a lot things, I called it funny
Michael Richards More than 1 year ago
Huh? How is this racist? Bad taste, maybe, but racist, no. Making fun of the potentially humorous characteristics of foreign languages is done in all languages. In English, we constantly hear the sounds of German, French, Russian, etc.. parodied. It's not racist, it's funny. Laugh and get over it. The next thing we'll hear is that it's a hate crime. Still, how did the anchor not notice?
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