NTSB says an intern to blame for embarrassing names read by TV news

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SAN FRANCISCO — A bay-area television station and the National Transportation Safety Board both apologized Friday for the embarrassing misidentification of the pilots aboard Asiana Airlines 214 that crashed in San Francisco last weekend.

On their noon news on Friday, KTVU read incorrect names of the pilots, sent to them apparently as a prank.

KTVU-TV explained in their apology (click here to read) that the names were confirmed by the NTSB, and Friday evening the NTSB verified this. In a statement, the NTSB said an intern mistakenly confirmed the inaccurate and offensive names.

“Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft,” the NTSB press release said. Click here to read more of the news release.

Watch the video to see the names given on KTVU-TV’s noon show.

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