A recent plane crash had San Francisco broadcasters and newspapers scrambling to scoop their rivals.
That's always a fertile opportunity for media pranksters.
So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that someone slipped fake names of the four pilots of Asiana Flight 214 to the local Fox affiliate, KTVU.
Naturally, the station rushed the names to air: Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow. (Read those names quickly in succession and you'll get the joke.)
Anchor Tori Campbell must have felt that she was left with some egg foo yung on her face as she read the apology below.
Campbell claimed that the names had been checked with the National Transportation Safety Board—but that assertion has since been denied by the NTSB.
It told Gawker that it doesn't release names of pilots. The station later blamed the screwup on an intern.