Fake pilot names earn dismissals
July 25, 2013
A 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.