A South Korean anchorperson has attracted outrage in Korea and abroad after appearing to express relief that the two fatalities from Sunday’s Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco were Chinese rather than Korean.
Korea Real Time reports:
“We just received an update that the two dead are assumed to be Chinese….We can say it is a relief at least for us,” Channel A presenter Yoon Kyung-min said on a news broadcast for the cable news channel on Sunday.
Yoon’s remarks sparked a storm of outrage from Korean netizens, who said the anchor was “ignorant and inhuman”.
Channel A released a statement clarifying Yoon’s remarks (sort of): “The comment was made to emphasize the fact that there is no Korean dead in the accident, which is a relief for us. We apologize for not running the live show smoothly.”
According to Korea Real Time, local media has largely emphasised the positive side of the crash, calling the speedy evacuation of the passengers, 53 of whom had to be hospitalised, a ’10 minute miracle’.
Korean media has largely ignored claims that the pilot was inexperienced and had never landed a Boeing 777 jet before.
[Via: Josh Chin]