The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is blaming an intern acting “outside the scope of his authority” for mistakenly confirming “inaccurate and offensive” names as those of the pilots of the Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed last Saturday.
The San Francisco-area Fox affiliate said the names were confirmed by an NTSB official in Washington. The station issued an apology later in the newscast.
“We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites,” said Tom Raponi, KTVU/KICU vice president and general manager. “Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”
“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 said in a statement.
“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,” the NTSB said.