NTSB summer intern blamed for ‘confirming’ joke names of Asiana Airlines pilots

How could KTVU get something so wrong? The San Francisco TV station was the joke of the Internet today when it fell for a prank and broadcast the “names” of the four pilots on Asiana Air Flight 214. You’d think names like “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo” would have raised a red flag or two, but the station insisted it had verified the names with the National Transportation Safety Board.

It turns out that might be true. ABC News’ Steven Portnoy is reporting that an NTSB summer intern is responsible for confirming the obviously fake names.

KTVU’s news anchor apologized this evening for the gaffe.

Matthew Keyes noted that a KTVU producer managed to sum up the entire affair earlier today in just one (since-deleted) tweet.

  • fivebyfive

    My intern is TOAST!!

  • fivebyfive

    My intern is TOAST!!

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    By “appropriate actions will be taken,” they mean an immediate promotion. Possibly IRS Event Planner.

    • journogal

      Or Jay Carney’s intern…

      • jebjr

        Or Jay Carney’s replacement…..

    • journogal

      Or Jay Carney’s intern…

    • greenLibertarian

      Or Homeland Security Secretary, get a bit of humor with the incompetence :)

      • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

        Oh my, the “Most Wanted” press releases…oh no…

    • Spiny Norman

      You might be joking, but in this Administration, lunkheads do fail upward.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    By “appropriate actions will be taken,” they mean an immediate promotion. Possibly IRS Event Planner.

  • Canadian in USA

    Why did this “error” slip through? Was the NSA not monitoring his communications?

    • Jeremy

      NSA asleep at the wheel it seems this time anyway.

    • mndasher

      The NSA is looking for patterns in the meta-data. Unfortunately they have no idea what patterns have any importance. But look at that pretty pattern there.

  • Canadian in USA

    Why did this “error” slip through? Was the NSA not monitoring his communications?

  • Stone Bryson

    So someone in a department under the current administration makes an offensive, adolescent joke which gets out on the public airwaves and they blame a… wait for it… intern?

    After all, it’s not possible that utter incompetence (something which has never EVER occurred under this presidency) was responsible for this ‘joke’ slipping through the cracks. Nope… it was an intern.

    Sure… why not.

    • Cal Hellstien

      It was a rogue intern in Cincinnati.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Is an “intern” the same as a “low-level employee” when they’re playing The Blame Game?

      • 3seven77

        Almost the same. The “low-level employee” who makes a mistake will get transferred to another department. The “intern” who makes a mistake will have a job as a news producer at MSNBC waiting for him/her after the internship is over.

      • Stone Bryson

        Reading my mind.

  • Love of Country

    Not to make excuses but at least the NTSB has been releasing important and relevant facts as they learn them in this case.

    But what has Barack Owebamao done at every turn and at every scandal? “We can’t talk about this ongoing investigation.”. So just thank goodness the NTSB is not like the pathologically lying and shamelessly stonewalling Owebamao Administration when it comes to investigations.

    Can I get an amen?

    • Jim Crosby


  • TocksNedlog

    Just wait until America’s mom & dad get home from their $100 million vacation and hear about this!

    • CatHerder

      Abbie Hoffman?

  • rrpjr

    They’re still stupid. No one who isn’t stupid could read those names and think they were real. Stupid. Got that, KTVU? You’re stupid.

    • tjack

      That could actually be their names and i would still refuse to accept it as true. Whatever, worth the laugh.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        yeah, remember when that Chinese fighter jet rammed that U.S. Navy EP-3 back in 2002 or 2003? and the Chinese pilot’s name was announced as “Wong Wei”? it was weeks before I believed that one was true.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      I’ve seen some strange names, especially from people who are Korean/Chinese. A good one for instance is my BIL(mothers side) who’s S.Korean/Chinese/Japanese. An-Ti Wang Bok, yep real name.

    • sardiverdave

      Thank you for spelling “you’re” correctly.

  • Amparo Howell


  • Sean

    Trust, but verify. The fact that a “news” organization believed the NTSB that these were real names, without so much as a followup question (something like, “are you f-ing serious?” seems appropriate) pretty much solidifies the fact that they won’t question their almighty, federal government.

  • The Masked Avatar

    An intern actually gave the order to kill Bin Laden.

    • mndasher

      We have an intern as president.

  • American_by_Choice

    So “The Intern did it?”

    Meaning that we’ve finally come a full Clinton circle…

  • ToyZebra

    It wasn’t an intern reading those obviously fake names on the air.

  • LeighLeigh

    This sounds like something my intern would do….she’d be given a raise and a permanent job offer in my office…LOL…..

  • neoface

    Americans always scream racism anything negative referring to the blacks, that’s all BS, now this is racism. People make snide remarks to Asians often, just because they are not like the black screaming racism at every turn, all the bigots get away with bigotry against the Asian population. I know this by experience.

    • Joel A. Edge

      Give it a rest. The only people catching grief are a bunch of clueless San Francisco (liberal, I’m guessing) reporters.

      • neoface

        You should be saying that to all the blacks and liberals who are constantly using the race card. I totally feel sorry for Paula Deen, in her case it seem racism has no statute of limitations. Of course if it’s against an Asian, then we need to give a rest. Just saying…

        • Joel A. Edge

          Nice try. You want make up fake Irish names, I’ll laugh at those. Tell me red-neck jokes, I’ll laugh at those.
          Disclaimer: “No Asians were injured in the making of these names.”
          If you’re an Asian, don’t fall into the same trap that has ensnared blacks, Hispanics, gays, liberal and everybody that thinks they’re due special protection. Learn to laugh. Us Irish-rednecks do all the time.

          • neoface

            I was just making a point that Asians are the quiet population, often do turn the other cheek, that is the reason why people feel comfortable making thoughtless remarks. Paula Dean’s remark didn’t hurt anyone all those years ago, yet she is ridiculed because it was towards the black. So where is the justice???

          • Joel A. Edge

            I’m a southern Democrat of Irish descent, cry me a river. Gays got arrested, blacks got fire hosed, dogged and arrested. Southerners, they just send in troops and shoot us. Pardon me if I’m short of tears.

          • neoface

            No one is asking you to cry Asians a river, I hope you hold the same attitude when it comes to the black issues. If more people has your attitude, there wouldn’t be a Zimmerman trail. A total hypocrisy!!!

          • Joel A. Edge

            Exactly what are you complaining about? Lack of interest in Asians? Too much interest in Zimmerman. Too much interest in Blacks? Too much interest in Hispanics. If you want to become a Democrat Party grievance group I’m sure they’ll happy to have you.

          • neoface

            No complains, just sparing with clueless Irish-rednecks like you. LOL!!!

          • Joel A. Edge

            I’m glad. It was beginning to look like you didn’t even have a thought process that actually meant anything. Well…that might still apply.

          • neoface

            you being an asshole might still apply, I have a brother-in-law like you. Please don’t bother to reply, you will be ignored!!!!

          • Joel A. Edge

            Awwww….did the baby get upset?

  • effinayright


    Doesn’t anyone remember Walter Cronkite blaming Viet Nam’s political corruption on the “Mai Dong” brothers, Lik Mai Dong and Pul Mai Dong?

    Me neither!

  • j95lee

    Counting the days until the intern retain legal representation and says “I was thrown under the bus.”

  • OldmanRick

    Kudos to that summer intern who was identified as Mi Ti Wong.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Now we know where Monica Lewinsky is working.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    so because some flunky at the NTSB says it’s true they just believe it? when it’s so damn fake it’s pitiful. sorry, I nowhere as big a sucker as those T.V. people are.

  • Jack

    the intern should go on TV and scream out with false emotion…What difference does it make!!!!-why not, it worked for Hillary….

  • John Howard

    And with that, Jay Carny’s replacement appears on the scene.

  • Veronica Costello

    If only the news station had a middle school boy on staff, it would have been discovered right away.

  • DV S1EOG

    I am amazed how in government organizations today, low level employees and interns can make major decisions and do things like interacting with the press outside of the scope of their public affairs personnel. That would be like the fry guy making the decision to change the McDonald’s logo and people actually doing it….

  • Suzyqpie

    I can’t wait for the perpetrators of this hoax to show up. They have a fabulous sense of humor and imagination.

  • pajamakat

    I’m sure the parents of those two dead girls will get a real chuckle out of this. What a disgrace.

  • stillinthe60s

    Summer intern about to become the “fall” intern!

  • Ken Alan Draper

    The T.V. station should hire that intern, he’s obviously smarter then the people they have there already.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    His supervisor is Mike Hunt and the regional director is Heywood Jablomie.

  • CatHerder

    Not Hugh Jarse?

  • love2rumba

    i thought it was Wang To Lo?

  • neoface

    Thank you peace for your support, that edge is a real arse!!!

  • Joel A. Edge

    Piss off, moron.

  • FlaveFlava

    were you molested by a dog?

  • Canadian in USA

    Nice try. While you may worship Obama as God, I never said Bush was God. Unlike you, I don’t worship at the altar of government.

  • Joel A. Edge

    You need the support. You sure can’t hold up your end of the argument.

  • neoface

    Can’t argue with stupid. Please go flush yourself down the toilet. I just reported you for harassment.

  • Joel A. Edge

    This should teach you to not to start something you can’t finish.