TV station reports bogus SF crash pilot names

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 8:02 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area TV station has apologized after reporting bogus names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines flight 214 that were a play on Asian names.

KTVU-TV co-anchor Tori Campbell read the racially offensive names on the air Friday. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned out plane.

After a break, Campbell apologized for the error. She said a National Transportation Safety Board official confirmed the names to the station.

Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.

The NTSB also apologized and said a summer intern "acted outside the scope of his authority" when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

Flight 214 crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring dozens.

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