KBS apol­o­gizes for ly­ing about chop­per crash video

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Bahk Eun-ji [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

KBS has apol­o­gized for ly­ing about its video clip re­lated to last week’s res­cue he­li­copter crash.

On Satur­day, two days af­ter the chop­per car­ry­ing seven peo­ple crashed into the East Sea near Dokdo, the pub­lic broad­caster made a re­port about the in­ci­dent say­ing it had ex­clu­sively ob­tained a video clip show­ing the he­li­copter tak­ing off.

The video was recorded by a KBS tech­ni­cian who was on the islets to fix the broad­caster’s equip­ment there. It shows the chop­per land­ing on the he­li­pad, load­ing an emer­gency pa­tient and his friend, tak­ing off and head­ing south­ward. It doesn’t show the crash it­self, which took place only two to three min­utes af­ter take­off.

The next day, a per­son who iden­ti­fied him­self as a mem­ber of the Dokdo Se­cu­rity Po­lice left a com­ment on a por­tal site to say that they were aware of the KBS worker film­ing the scene so they asked him to pro­vide the clip, which could help them lo­cate the crashed chop­per. How­ever, the worker lied say­ing that he no longer had the video as he had deleted it.

“It is pain­ful and infuriatin­g that dozens of Dokdo po­lice of­fi­cers strived vainly to lo­cate the crash site af­ter the ac­ci­dent,” he wrote. “That many peo­ple couldn’t sleep for two days but you slept well and left Dokdo, maybe for the joy of an ex­clu­sive re­port.”

As the con­tro­versy grew, KBS is­sued a state­ment late Sun­day, say­ing, “We deeply apol­o­gize for the staffer’s film­ing of the take­off with­out prior per­mis­sion, his de­nial of hav­ing the video, and our air­ing of the clip yes­ter­day with­out thor­oughly con­firm­ing the process.”

It added that Dokdo po­lice re­quested the KBS worker share the video and he of­fered an ex­cerpt of it to them im­me­di­ately. It also said it handed over the en­tire clip to the trans­port min­istry’s ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion team.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to phone con­ver­sa­tion records be­tween the KBS em­ployee and the po­lice of­fi­cers, re­leased by Rep. Park Dae-chul of the Lib­erty Korea Party, Mon­day, the worker kept claim­ing his clip did not carry footage of the take­off, or that he had re­moved it.

A spokesman of the Na­tional Fire Agency also said Mon­day in a ra­dio in­ter­view that they had not been aware such a clip ex­isted un­til KBS re­leased the re­port.

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