No, These Racist 'Asian' Names Aren't Really the Pilots of Asiana Flight 214

Alexander Abad-Santos
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No, These Racist 'Asian' Names Aren't Really the Pilots of Asiana Flight 214

If someone came up and told you the name of the pilot flying Asiana Flight 214, which crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, was "Captain Sum Ting Wong" you'd call him out on an offensive joke, right? Unfortunately, that didn't happen during a KTVU-TV San Francisco broadcast this afternoon. KTVU, a local station serving Oakland and San Francisco, has been turning in some of the best coverage work of the crashe—until one of its anchors began reading a list of pilots' "names" supposedly "confirmed" by the NTSB today:

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In a painful segment, the anchor blindly reads the names out loud, not realizing that "Sum Ting Wong" sounds like "something wrong"—and is deeply offensive. Or that "We Tu Low" sounds like "we too low" and, well—ugh. A better glimpse of the "names" KTVU purportedly confirmed by the NTSB  is right here: 

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Someone thought this was all a "funny" joke—and KTVU got fooled bigtime In fact, the names of the pilot have not yet been released.  KTVU has since apologized for not vetting the list: 

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