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TV station sorry for fake pilot names

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A San Francisco Bay-area TV station has apologized after reporting bogus names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that were a play on Asian names.

KTVU-TV co-anchor Tori Campbell read the racially offensive names on the air Friday. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phoney names listed alongside a photo of the burned-out plane.

After a break, Campbell apologized for the error. She said a National Transportation Safety Board official had confirmed the names to the station.

Video of the report spread across the Internet Friday.

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

The NTSB also apologized and said a summer intern "acted outside the scope of his authority" when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 14, 2013 A1

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