Later in the newscast, the anchor, Tori Campbell, apologized for the error.
According to the NTSB, the names were confirmed to the station by a summer intern.
"Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft," the NTSB said Friday in a statement.
Campbell read the names during KTVU's noon broadcast on Friday, after which the news station apologized on air and on its website.
"Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again," KTVU posted on its website.
The station said the names were confirmed by an NTSB official in Washington prior to air.
It was not immediately clear who produced the fake names, but the NTSB said it was not the intern.
"The names were presented by the station, to the intern for confirmation," said NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel. "The intern did not make up the names and provide them to the station."
The NTSB said it does not release or confirm the identities of crew members or people involved in transportation accidents.
"We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident," the NTSB statement said.
The NTSB did not identify the intern, but said, "Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated."
Well, anyone who works at a news network who can't tell a name like "Ho Lee Fuk" or "Sum Ting Wong" is a fake has no business working there. The news director or whomever was in charge of writing the copy should have asked the intern to connect them to someone higher to confirm the name.
Basic journalism, but what do I, as "Just a blogger" know about journalism?