I can't believe they fell for that. I feel sorry for the anchor, she must have been so embarrassed when she realized what she'd done.
Reminds me of the time a news anchor was updating about a murder investigation and the mug shot of the suspect came up, only it was a picture of a hamster. But at least in that case she immediately realized there was a problem and corrected accordingly.
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I'm surprised no one has posted it yet (or I missed it in which case I apologize) but written news are reporting that it's been confirmed that one of the fatalities was run over by an ambulance
Regarding seatbelts, I've been upgraded myself recenly and they were the same as in the economy class.
I'm glad the parents have made it safely - I can't imagine how difficult and scary that flight must have been for them.The victims were close friends and top students, looking forward to spending a few weeks at a Christian summer camp in California, where they planned to practice English and boosting their chances of attending a U.S. college.
Their parents were flown to San Francisco after their deaths where the Chinese consulate was caring for them.
Regarding the KTVU news debacle, I hope that whoever was responsible for this juvenile racist callous prank is fired, fined, and spends quality community-service time in hospital wards for burn victims and spinal cord injury victims. That poor news anchor.
The NTSB confirmed that one of their interns confirmed the names as the pilots. I don't understand how that could have happened - someone called in a prank, nobody at the news station recognizes it's offensive, and the NTSB confirms the offensive names.?
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
Re: Seatbelts, here in the east coast of the US, I believe that school buses still do not use any seatbelts, not lap belts, much less shoulder. Our children ride unprotected.
I definitely think airplane seatbelts should be upgraded, cost be damned.
I am very sorry for the 3rd girl that died. They all must have sat together. Unfortunately I am not seeing a lot of coverage about her. May be because the parents have not arrived here yet?
If I understand correctly, they are not going to release her name, perhaps the parents don't want publicity? So sad, I am afraid she must have suffered.
Zemgirl, you raise a good question. I would think that intentionally and maliciously giving false information would be a misdemeanor of some sort, but I really don't know. The perpetrator tried to trivialize the pain and tragedy of the crash victims by turning it into a joke. I think this idiot needs to work on ordinary human empathy for suffering in addition to learning respect for all races.
The question is did this person do it deliberately or accidentally. You might wonder HOW in HECK could someone do this accidentally?
Sometimes people who type out a draft use filler words or symbols as placeholders until the verified information can to inserted. Now, admittedly, if they used something as asinine as this it's extremely insensitive and downright stupid. But there have been other cases of a draft getting accidentally released.
Whether this would be a crime I do not know. Slander and libel laws are hard to prove in the US; this is why you will often see celebrities sue in UK courts rather than US...my understanding is that the burden of proof is easier to reach in the British judicial system.
Any lawyers or law students want to weigh in?
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