Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Captain Sum Ting Wong

If you missed the names of the pilots of that Asiana flight that crashed a little while back in San Francisco, check out this news broadcast from KTVU TV in Oakland.

"Asiana Pilots names from KTVU News"

Did you catch those pilot names?

Yes, this is real!  From Deadspin:
"Pranked TV Station Reports “Ho Lee Fuk,” “Wi Tu Lo” As SF Crash Pilots"

How did that happen?  From the SFGate Blog:
"Pilot consultant source of KTVU’s fake pilot list, report says"

Did you catch this part of the article?
The Bay Area media blogger also says that KTVU Managing Editor Michelle Toy read the fake names prior to the broadcast as part of normal checks and questioned their authenticity, but approved the list after she was told they had been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB intern who OK’d the list later was fired.
Confirmed by an NTSB intern?  Was the intern in on the joke originally, or did he just roll with it once he saw the list?

As you would expect, people have been fired.  From UPI:
"KTVU-TV, San Francisco, producers fired over Asiana pilots' fake names"

And as you would also expect, now the lawsuits begin.  From CBS News:
"Asiana Airlines confirms it will sue KTVU-TV over broadcast of racist fake pilot names"