NTSB intern helped television station with offensive segment

You may have seen an erroneous and offensive television news report in which a station attempted to name the pilots in the Asiana Flight 214 crash. All of the names given were jokes, and if you watch the video above, you’ll see why.

The station responded that the names had been confirmed by the NTSB. That seemed a bit far fetched. But the NTSB just released a statement explaining what happened.

Here it is:

NTSB statement on erroneous confirmation of crew names
July 12

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.

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 does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today’s incident.

Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.

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  • Jim

    I believe the offensive part was that the graphic got up there and the story read with no one realizing.

    You laughed, didn’t you?