Fake pilot names earn dismissals

July 25, 2013

planeA handful of veteran producers at San Francisco’s KTVU television station have been fired following the station’s now-famous phony naming of pilots of the Asiana aircraft which crashed July 6. (San Francisco Chronicle)

With a perfectly straight face, anchor Tori Campbell uncomprehendingly revealed on the evening news that the pilots of the craft were named “Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.”

The segment went viral on YouTube, causing considerable grief for station officials.

An in-house investigation by the station turned up three persons responsible for the gaffe, said a KTVU spokesman, and their employment has been terminated. A fourth left for “health reasons.”

The fake names were verified by an Federal Aviation Administration intern, who also has been fired.



  1. Rambunctious says:

    Welcome to San phwansico pweese stay in yor seat until the pwane stops…

  2. shelworth says:

    All you people should be ashamed, you’re being wacist!

  3. Cindy says:

    Half the time, the national news sounds like ‘Saturday Night Live’ anyway. I’m always thinking WTF after listening to them. At least these guy’s were funny.

  4. OnTheOtherHand says:

    Whoever came up with that idea probably already has his resume in for The Onion and The Daily Show.

  5. Citizen says:

    Meanwhile, the San Francisco Fire Chief explains why a passenger was run over and killed by Fire men by saying “the crash scene was chaotic”. No responsibility for her. She’s excused. It wasn’t her fault that a young girl was lying on the pavement when the rescue fire crew ran over her.

  6. Pelican1 says:

    Ho Lee Kow!

  7. Jorge Estrada says:

    The good news is that these guys are going to do fine and this may have been the best thing to happen to them. Youthful humor is not tolerated at the City by the (oh hey)– bay. Lucky them

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