Network Producers Fired Over Fake Pilots Names After Crash

In 2013, three producers at television station KTVU in San Francisco were fired after a major embarrassment to the station involving the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport. During its noon newscast on July 12, 2013, anchor Tori Campbell (pictured) announced, “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were onboard the ill-fated plane.” She then proceeded to read from the teleprompter — “Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.” After the station returned from a break, Campbell — who had clearly been unaware of the mistake — read an on-air statement, telling viewers that the station had confirmed the names with the NTSB. By day’s end, the NTSB issued it own apology for “inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed to KTVU.” Soon after, the NTSB announced that it had fired a summer intern over the incident. During the evening newscast, KTVU anchor Frank Somerville also apologized to viewers, and vowed that the station would review its own policies. As a result, investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all sent packing.