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Fallout from cultural insensitivity after Asiana crash

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

With almost 3 million views on youtube, the San Francisco TV station, KTVU, is still trying to explain how racially offensive fake names of the Asiana Airlines' pilots made it on to its airwaves.

KTVU issued a video apology via youtube saying that the names were not accurate despite the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirming them.

Over Skype, Paul Cheung, president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) told FOX 32 that he has been in close contact with KTVU to find out how this happened and how to prevent it from ever happening again.

Since the Asiana Airlines deadly accident, AAJA says there have been a series of racially insensitive incidents with the media. The Chicago Sun-Times published a headline that read "Fright 214," which AAJA said perpetuated the stereotype of an Asian accent.

According to the latest census figures, Asians make up 33 percent of San Francisco's population. Cheung says KTVU got the false names from a "source," but the TV station has refused to identify that source.

However, the NTSB said an intern "acted outside the scope of his authority" by confirming the false names to KTVU. The federal agency also apologized and maintained that they do not release or confirm the names of people involved in accidents.

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