US news station KTVU reported that the names of the pilots of the Asiana Airlines flight which crashed in San Francisco last week were ‘Sum Ting Wong’ and ‘Ho Lee Fuk’.
Proving that Anchorman was more accurate than previously thought, the KTVU reporters unquestioningly read out the alleged names of the flight 214 crew: ‘Sum Ting Wong’, ‘Ho Lee Fuk’, ‘Wi Tu Lo’, and ‘Bang Ding Ow’.
After widespread outrage the TV station apologised for its mistake, attempting to shift the blame to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):
EARLIER IN THE NEWSCAST WE GAVE SOME NAMES OF PILOTS INVOLVED IN THE ASIANA AIRLINES CRASH. THESE NAMES WERE NOT ACCURATE DESPITE AN N-T-S-B OFFICIAL IN WASHINGTON CONFIRMING THEM LATE THIS MORNING. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS ERROR.
The NTSB quickly blamed an intern for confirming the (clearly fake no matter how many people ‘confirmed’ them you fucking idiots) names contrary to official policy.
According to the AP, Asiana isn’t satisfied with KTVU’s #sorrynotsorry apology and is considering legal action:
An Asiana statement said it’s mulling legal measures against both KTVU-TV and the NTSB because the report “badly damaged” the reputation of the airline and its pilots.
It didn’t say what legal measures it was considering.
Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.