UPDATE: NTSB Confirms Intern Fired for Racist Pilot Name Confirmation

The National Transportation Safety Board took full responsibility for the racist pilot names that were released during KTVU's coverage of the Asiana flight 214 crash, July 6, 2013.
The National Transportation Safety Board took full responsibility for the racist pilot names that were released during KTVU’s coverage of the Asiana flight 214 crash, July 6, 2013.

Well that was fast! On Monday, we reported on a horrible mistake committed by the news team at California’s bay area news station KTVU, where the news anchor recited racist pilot names during a live broadcast while reporting on the crash that claimed two lives.

KTVU said they confirmed the pilots’ names, “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Bang Ding Ow” with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and lo and behold their story checks out.  The mistake or joke was made by a summer intern at the NTSB, according to the Huffington Post.

According to their report:

“A spokeswoman for the agency said that the intern was a student who was supposed to answer phones and pass media inquiries along to the appropriate people, and had “acted outside the scope of his authority.”

They also “ensure” that this type of thing will never occur again.  Somebody got in TROUBLE!

Read the report here.

-J.C. Brooks

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