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KTVU pranked during SFO crash, reports Captain’s names ‘Sum Ting Wong’ and ‘Wi Tu Lo’

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Respected local San Francisco affiliate KTVU became the victim of a horrible prank when they reported fabricated names of the pilots in the Asiana Air crash at SFO airport.

The station is in full damage control Friday after reading the supposed names during their noon broadcast: “We have new information now also on the plane crash, KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board they flight, they are Captain ‘Sum Ting Wong,’ ‘Ho Lee Fuk,’ ‘Wi Tu Lo’ and ‘Bang Ding Ow.’

The anchor attributed the names to the NTSB in Washington, but later apologized, saying, “These names were not accurate, despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning, we apologize for this error.”

KTVU, was first on the scene at SFO and produced exhaustive and generally stellar coverage of the tragic crash that left three dead and injured 181 people.  The station covered the story from all angles, and on all platforms.  Later, the KTVU even went so far as to tout their coverage as being 100% accurate in a website article devoted solely to the quality of their work.

“Being first on air and on every platform in all aspects of our coverage was a great accomplishment, but being 100% accurate, effectively using our great sources and social media without putting a single piece of erroneous information on our air, is what we are most proud of as a newsroom,” said Lee Rosenthal, KTVU News Director, in a quote on the site.

The station has since apologized on air and on social media; it is unclear if anyone has been fired as a result of the prank.

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17 Comments to “KTVU pranked during SFO crash, reports Captain’s names ‘Sum Ting Wong’ and ‘Wi Tu Lo’”

    Ian Kiernan said:
    July 12, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    That is the funniest thing I have ever heard :D The originator of the prank should receive an award. What a Legend. Laughing still.

    T said:
    July 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    that is sick and anonymous and the originator should go to jail.

      Don Martin said:
      July 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      THIS ONLY PROVES THAT THESE SO CALLED JOURNALISTS ARE JUST TALKING HEADS.. THEY ARE SO F–CKING STUPID THAT THEY REPEAT WHATEVER IS PUT IN FRONT OF THEM REGARDLESS OF THE TRUTH…

    anonymous said:
    July 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    How can something so inappropriate be so funny!

    johnmsawyer said:
    July 15, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    KTVU has long had one of the best news departments. I would never have thought something like this would get by them. The source of the "names" hasn't been given yet–only that KTVU received them from someone, then contacted the NTSB for confirmation, where they either somehow reached the originator, or a compatriot.

    Ron Burgundy said:
    July 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Stay classy S F

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    July 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Who was the anchor man…. Ted Baxter?

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