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NTSB Intern Fired After KTVU Reported Fake, Racist Names

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The NTSB intern who confirmed the fake, racist names of the Asiana Flight 214 pilots to a Bay Area television station has been fired.

BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski reported the news on Twitter on Monday. KTVU came under fire on Friday when it falsely reported the names of the pilots on Asiana Flight 214 as "Sum Ting Wong," "Ho Lee Fuk," "Wi Tu Lo" and "Bang Ding Ow." The station apologized, and said that it had confirmed the names with someone at the NTSB.

That person was a summer intern, the NTSB later revealed in a statement on Saturday apologizing for the mistake.

A spokeswoman for the agency said that the intern was a student who was supposed to answer phones and pass media inquiries along to the appropriate people, and had "acted outside the scope of his authority."

The NTSB said on Saturday that "appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated."

(h/t Andrew Kaczynski)

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