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NTSB intern blamed for ‘confirming’ joke names of Asiana Airlines pilots

http://twitter.com/#!/ActionNewsMatt/status/355850292480311301
http://twitter.com/#!/stevenportnoy/status/355850417634148352

How could KTVU get something so wrong? The San Francisco TV station was the joke of the Internet today when it fell for a prank and broadcast the “names” of the four pilots on Asiana Air Flight 214. You’d think names like “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo” would have raised a red flag or two, but the station insisted it had verified the names with the National Transportation Safety Board.

It turns out that might be true. ABC News’ Steven Portnoy is reporting that an NTSB summer intern is responsible for confirming the obviously fake names.

http://twitter.com/#!/fredbenenson/status/355853952484519937
http://twitter.com/#!/finebaum/status/355855550610817024

KTVU’s news anchor apologized this evening for the gaffe.

http://twitter.com/#!/MatthewKeysLive/status/355841204908339200

Matthew Keyes noted that a KTVU producer managed to sum up the entire affair earlier today in just one (since-deleted) tweet.

http://twitter.com/#!/MatthewKeysLive/status/355800158614740992

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/07/12/ntsb-summer-intern-blamed-for-confirming-joke-names-of-asiana-airlines-pilots/

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