Saturday, July 13, 2013

Is This Funny or Racist? Confusion Over Asiana Pilots' Names

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So there's some furore over the recent Asiana crash and the details of the pilots who were in the plane at the time of the crash. Some names came to a news channel and they confirmed it with NTSB, the agency in charge of investigating and ensuring transport safety. The names the KTVU station got were - Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.

An anchor who works for the Fox affiliate KTVU announced the names on Friday, out loud and on-air, as is shown in the video below.

Do you notice anything strange about the Asiana pilot names? What if I compare them to close English homonyns as follows;

WI TU LO----------------WE TOO LOW

In a press statement, the NTSB says an intern is to blame.

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.

Do you think the intern was trying to be funny or was a racist?


  1. ROFLMAO hahahahhahahah! It is hilarious... just with a wee bit ting of racism lol

  2. I'm sure whomever it was, was just trying to be funny but its really not cute at all.

  3. Wow this is a sensitive issue. .. who release the names in the first place
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  4. TheChronicled That is not cool at all. Thats a nasty poor taste of making a comedy out of a tragedy

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