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(USA TODAY) -- The National Transportation Safety Board intern who confirmed fakeand racially insensitive names of the pilots on Asiana Flight 214 hasbeen fired, according toThe Washington Post.

The NTSB has since apologizedfor the "inaccurate and offensive" names, which it acknowledged weremistakenly confirmed by a summer intern. The NTSB added that it is notits policy to identify crew involved in accidents, and that it's takensteps to make sure a similar gaffe does not happen again.

Oakland'sKTVU Channel 2, a Fox affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area, was thestation that broadcast the incorrect names on Friday. The station also has apologized.

Asiana officials were outraged over the episode and the airline has threatened to sue that station for sullying the its reputation.

The Postsuggests the incident may have been "a joke that spiraled out ofcontrol." Still, the newspaper says questions about the incident remain.

Postreporter Paul Farhi asks: "How, for instance, could anyone, let alonean intern, 'confirm' a list of names he'd never seen nor heard in thefirst place? And why didn't the 'joke' occur to him as he read or heardthe names?"

As for the intern, NTSB spokewoman Nantel says: "Hedid not know they were fake names. You'd have to ask the station wherethey got the names from. I don't know."