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@KTVU gets #SFOCrash pilots wrong, blames @NTSB

Bay Area television station, praised by some for coverage of Saturday's Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco International Airport, errs horribly in news anchor's broadcast Friday


  1. KTVU Flight 214 Fail (Original)
  2. Channel 2 News apology for incorrect names of the
  3. Update (6 p.m.): The National Transportation Safety Board speaks:
  4. 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.

    Office of Public Affairs
    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW 
    Washington, DC 20594
    (202) 314-6100 
    Kelly Nantel

  5. The station posted a story Monday listing its achievements covering the crash:
  6. [...] “Being first on air and on every platform in all aspects of our coverage was a great accomplishment, but being 100% accurate, effectively using our great sources and social media without putting a single piece of erroneous information on our air, is what we are most proud of as a newsroom,” said Lee Rosenthal, KTVU News Director. [...]

  7. Bay Area News Group television writer Chuck Barney covered KTVU's statement Monday:
  8. On Friday, KTVU issued an apology, then took it down (but not before Twitter user Matthew Keys managed to screen-shot it). The station then posted it again within the hour:
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  10. Viewers and observers reacted: