Embarrassing blunder blamed on an intern

Pilots names

The intern did it!

On Friday, San Francisco's KTVU Channel 2 News incorrectly named the crew of the doomed Asiana Airlines Boeing 777, which crashed earlier this month killing three people, as Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.

The radio station said at the time that the names had been provided by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which subsequently issued a clarifying statement:

'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'. (So, no more jobs for interns ?)

BBC News is now reporting that Asiana Airlines says KTVU damaged the airline's reputation with the 'racially discriminatory report' against Asians and will file a lawsuit in the US.

The airline has said, however, it will not sue the NTSB.

'We decided to sue KTVU because Asiana Airlines thinks their news defames our pilots and our company's reputation', Ki-won Suh, an Asiana spokesman, said on Monday.

See the incredible gaffe being committed live on air watching the video below:

Crash airline Asiana sues KTVU for bogus pilot names


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