A San Francisco television station has been forced to make a humiliating apology after an on-air gaffe resulted in a live racist joke about the fatal Asiana plane crash.
During the midday broadcast on Friday, presenter Tori Campbell, announced that her news station, KTVU, had just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board Asiana flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
She then proceeded to read out four fake names from a teleprompter whilst keeping a straight face.
The names poked fun at the crash and have been further criticized for their racist undertones.
It is not yet clear where the names originated but the broadcaster did confirm them with the National Transportation Safety Board before airing them.
The safety board said a summer intern told KTVU the names were correct.
The video of the cringe-worthy mistake has gone viral and drawn heavy criticism on the Internet.
The first name — 'Captain Sum Ting Wong' might have been a giveaway that something was not quite right.
After an ad break, the station was quick to correct the gaffe clarifying that the names were clearly wrong and blaming the National Transportation Safety Board for the incorrect information.