Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Korean Air Pilots Mistakenly Identified in TV News Prank: Sum Ting Wong

Someone will lose their job, if it is ever discovered who pranked this totally politically incorrect news broadcast.  This from Reuters via Huffington Post on AOL:

NTSB Intern Mistakenly Confirmed To KTVU Wrong Asiana Names, Statement Says

(Please note offensive language in paragraph 6)

July 12 (Reuters) – The National Transportation Safety Board apologized on Friday after an intern mistakenly confirmed to a local television station racially offensive fake names for the pilots of an Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco.

“The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6,” the NTSB said in a statement.

“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 said.

The crash of the Boeing 777 plane resulted in the deaths of three teenage girls in a group of students from eastern China who were visiting the United States for a summer camp, one of whom died on Friday in the hospital. Over 180 passengers and crew members were injured.

On Friday, an anchor for Oakland, California, station KTVU read a list of the supposed names of the pilots of the South Korean carrier on its noon broadcast after an employee apparently called the NTSB seeking to verify them.

The names appear to mock the events of the crash. The prank names were: Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.



July 13, 2013 - Posted by | Communication, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Humor, Joke, Lies, Words | , , ,


  1. LOL
    Those NTSB guys have a wicked sense of humor 🙂
    The pilots shouldnt be upset , afterall something was wrong when they came in way too low and holy F. banged the aircraft at the beginging of the runway

    Comment by daggero | July 14, 2013 | Reply

  2. We couldn’t help it, Daggero, it is so wrong to laugh at something like this, but we couldn’t help it, we were rolling on the floor, laughing. I can only imagine being that news reader and suddenly hearing what I was saying and knowing I’d been had, being live on air. I don’t know what I would have done. I am afraid I would fall apart laughing, live, and at the same time be totally embarrassed. It could happen to anyone.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 14, 2013 | Reply

  3. Your writing style is cutely entertaining. Keep up the good work! You could be the next big influencer very soon.

    Comment by Ri Chun-Ho | July 10, 2019 | Reply

  4. They are so cute! I can’t wait to see them perform live again here in our country.

    Comment by Kwok Hee-Chul | July 10, 2019 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: