It turns out that Captain Ho Lee Fuk is not, after all, one of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, "which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6." The thing is, I get it that the names came from the National Transportation Safety Board, and therefore technically legitimate, but did no one question their absurdity when reading them out loud?
On Friday, an anchor for Oakland, California, station KTVU read a list of the supposed names of the pilots of the South Korean carrier on its noon broadcast after an employee apparently called the NTSB seeking to verify them.
The names appear to mock the events of the crash. The prank names were: Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.
KTVU anchor Tori Campbell later came back in the same newscast and told viewers the names “were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning.”
“We apologize for this error,” she said.
Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for the NTSB, said the intern was a student volunteering his time who answered phones but was supposed to pass on questions to official media representatives at the agency.
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