Asiana Airlines is preparing to sue local San Francisco television station, KTVU-TV over the airing of false pilot names. The station wrongfully named the four pilots from the crashed aircraft as “Captain Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Bang Ding Ow.” The station apologized after a commercial break following the incident.
KTVU anchor Frank Somerville took to the station’s Facebook page to issue and apology.
Tonight we want to take a moment and say that we are sorry. Earlier today during our noon newscast, we misidentified the pilots in the Asiana Airlines crash.
The station has also claimed that the names were confirmed by the NTSB. That organization also released a statement regarding the incident. When asked how they received the information, they claimed a summer intern “erroneously” confirmed the names of the flight crew.
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.
Despite the apologies, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin has said the airline will “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report.”