KTVU Reports Asiana pilots included 'Ho Lee Fuk' & 'Wi Tu Lo'

KTVU TV 2 is Oakland, California's home for local news, weather, and 'offensive' Asiana pilot names like:

  • Captain Sum Ting Wong
  • Wi Tu Lo
  • Ho Lee Fuk and
  • Bang Ding Ow

That's what happens in the 'RIGHT NOW' world of media. On Friday evening, KTVU Channel 2 issued the following on-air apology:

On Friday, July 12, during the KTVU Channel 2 Noon newscast, we misidentified the pilots in the Asiana Airlines crash.

We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out.

Then, during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position with the agency.

We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast.

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