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San Francisco plane crash victims identified

2 confirmed dead after plane crashes at San Francisco International Airport(LA TIMES) – The two passengers killed in a fiery plane crash in San Francisco were identified Sunday as two 16-year-old Chinese girls who may have been part of a group coming to the United States for summer camp.

Asiana Airlines identified the victims as Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan. The two were part of a student group from Jiangshan Middle School in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, according to Chinese media reports.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that dozens of students and teachers from various parts of China were aboard the flight the flight that crashed Saturday. The news agency said that many of the students on teachers on board were going to summer camps in the United States.

Asiana Flight 214 originated in Shanghai and stopped in Seoul before flying to San Francisco International Airport, where it crash-landed, killing the girls and injuring more than 180.

The bodies of the two teenage victims were found on the runway, said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. It was not clear whether they had been pulled from the plane or ejected.

Also Sunday, the head of Seoul-based Asiana, South Korea’s second-largest airline, apologized for the crash.

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KTVU has fired three veteran producers after the San Francisco Bay Area news station identified the pilots involved in the Asiana Air crash at SFO with fake names.

While the names — Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. — created a YouTube hit, the blunder was a huge embarrassment for the station and offended many.

According to sfgate.com, KTVU fired investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock after an internal investigation into coverage of the July 6th crash.

KTVU’s coverage, which was largely stellar, suffered the black eye during their noon newscast on July 12 when anchor Tori Cambell said, “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board,” and proceeded to read the names off the prompter.

Clearly flustered, she offered an on-air retraction and explained to viewers that the names had been given by the NTSB itself.  The NTSB has also since apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive names,” and fired a summer intern involved in the incident.

The horrific Asiana Air Flight 214 crash left three people dead and more than 180 injured.

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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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