As some sort of tasteless prank, a summer intern for the National Transportation Safety Board gave out false information, resulting in KTVU erroneously naming Asiana 214 flight crew members as Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee Fuk, Wi Tu Lo and Bang Ding Ow.
I think Sum Dum Fuk should be fired.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, the NTSB issued the following statement:
The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots. A summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft. 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.
KTVU also apologized, saying “during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position with the agency.
“We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast.”