Korean anchor says it's 'fortunate' that Chinese died in US plane crash

Jul 09, 2013, 15:23 IST | Agencies

A South Korean anchor has sparked a controversy by saying that it was "fortunate" that the two teenage girls who were killed in the plane crash at San Francisco were Chinese and not South Koreans.

The news presenter prompted fury in both China and South Korea when he said that it's 'fortunate' if South Koreans look at it from their point of view. 

The channel has since issued an apology to Chinese people through South Korea's Embassy in China.

Total wreck: US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators work at the scene of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash site at San Francisco International Airport Pic/AFP

The news channel's statement called the host's comment during a live broadcast 'wrong and rash'.

South Koreans too have criticised the gaffe online, saying they were shocked that a TV host could say such words. 

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