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500 Men Mobilized to Find American Pilot’s Body, Reactions

The rescue team has salvaged the body ashore.

Some of the search and rescue team members.

From NetEase:

Shenyang Mobilizes 500 Men, Finds American Pilot’s Body After 70 Hours

September 17, at about 1pm, at the Cai Lake Airport of Liaoning Province Shenyang city Faku county, a small aerobatic aircraft from American aerobatic team MACH1 accidentally fell into Cai Lake during a test flight after being assembled. On the plane were an American pilot named Dave Riggs who attended the aerobatics performance and an interpreter of Chinese nationality. After the accident, the Chinese interpreter was sent to the hospital, but later died despite emergency rescue efforts; the pilot was missing. September 20, part of the wreckage of the small aerobatic aircraft and the dead body of the pilot were salvaged ashore by China’s Ministry of Transport Beihai Rescue Bureau.

The search and rescue team has salvaged the body ashore.

September 20, Liaoning Province Faku County Propaganda Department released information stating that after more than 70 hours of search and rescue, the missing American pilot’s body had been salvaged ashore. This picture is of the salvaged remains of the pilot.

Some of the search and rescue team members.

According to a staff member of the Faku County Propaganda Department, after the accident happened on September 17, headquarters of the Second International Aerobatics Conference of Shenyang Faku immediately assembled multiple search and rescue teams including the Ministry of Transport Beihai Rescue Bureau Dalian Rescue Base, Shenyang Red Cross Blue Sky Rescue Team, and provincial and municipal police forces and fire departments, mobilizing over 500 people and multiple boats, employing internationally-advanced underwater sonar techniques, and salvaged the body of the plane crash pilot ashore.

Some of the search and rescue team members.

Some of the search and rescue team members.

September 20, Shenyang Cai Lake, part of the wreckage of the small aerobatic aircraft which accidentally crashed into Cai Lake during a test flight on [September] 17 and the dead body of the pilot salvaged ashore by China’s Ministry of Transport Beihai Rescue Bureau. Photographed by Liu Wei

Comments from NetEase (1 & 2):

ttt453 [网易北京市网友]:

The time when we respect the lives of our own compatriots’ as much as we respect this pilot’s life is when we truly will become strong and powerful.

山河在哭泣 [网易河南省商丘市网友]:

A Dutchman lost his computer in Zhuhai, the police found it in 24 hours. An American lost his horse, the police traveled tens of kilometers to get it back. A Japanese lost his bicycle, the police found it overnight. A Russian man lost his passport in Ningbo, the police searched through 5 tons of garbage to get it back. All these indicate: As long as it’s a foreigner who has lost something in China, the end is always a happy reunion!

wqnmlgbgwy [网易山东省网友]: (responding to above)

The status/position of foreign “bosses” is indeed high.

睡狮已醒 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Wu Qiyao, the last Chinese Flying Tigers squad member passed away, ending a legendary life from being a flying ace to a three-wheeled pedicab driver. He once shot down 6 Japanese fighters, went to Taiwan, struggled to return to mainland, was sentenced to 20 years of reeducation through labor in 1954, made his living by riding a tricycle after serving that sentence, and was political rehabilitated in 1980. Still, he [made had to make his living by] riding a tricycle.

Wu Qiyao (1918-2010.10.13), male, was born in Fujian Minqing County Shiwudu. Fighter pilot of China’s Flying Tiger Squadron Fifth Battalion, Commander (Captain) of his detachment squad, Lieutenant Colonel of the Chinese Air Force, had participated in 88 air battles against Japan, with over 800 hours of air combat, shot down 6 Japanese fighters, damaged 3, had flew the Hump 4 times. He was shot down by Japanese fighters 3 times, and was severely injured. He had participated in the surrender ceremony of the Japanese Air Force in Zhijiang, the surrender ceremony of Japanese Army in Nanjing, etc.

After the victory of World War II, he gained the title of “Distinguished Flying Cross” which was granted to him by AFHQ, along with other titles such as “Aviation Medal” and “Collective Unit Medal of Honor”. The Nationalist Government had granted him 17 medals of honor.

Passed away 2010 October 13 in Hangzhou.

Please take note: [He] returned to the mainland “on his own”, was reeducated through labor for 20 years, and “still” [made his living by] riding a tricycle!—–How many 30 years can a man have in his entire life???

牛求异 [网易浙江省温州市鹿城区网友]:

[The government] rescue their own people, and they also rescue Uncle Sam’s people. Not for anything else, only because Uncle Sam can take care of both his family and his mistresses.

睡狮已醒 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Please let the flying squad members with their bones scattered be buried in dignity.

If you didn’t see it with your own very eyes, you definitely wouldn’t believe that the world-famous “Flying Tigers Cemetery” is actually an unmarked burial-mound filled with untended bushes. [August] 12, reporters of this article arrived at the Flying Tiger Cemetery in Kunming. On a small hill in the suburbs, over 500 tombs of the martyrs’ are dug, their coffins destroyed, their bones scattered. This cemetery site that was discovered in 2007 and monumentalized in 2008 is still in ruins. (August 13, China News)

不是过路滴 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

If it was a Chinese citizen who fell [into the lake], the result would be like this: The rescue team was dispatched (perhaps a few dozen people), searched for 24 hours, and it was fruitless! The search continues ([but] perhaps as soon as the reporters were gone, they’d be withdrawn)… and then nothing… Those who have the same feeling, click/upvote. [8,288 upvotes during the time of translation]

网易北京市网友 ip:111.206.*.*: (responding to above)

There would even be a 5,000 yuan salvaging fee. Incidents upon incidents slap the faces of our own compatriots. Whose country is this???

中立靠左右 [网易山东省济南市网友]:

Only one question: How much money are they going to charge this time?

[Note: Refers to a salvaging/recovery fee. In 2009, Hubei Jingzhou University students He Dongxu, Fang Zhao, and Chen Jishi died trying to save a drowning child. When asked and begged by fellow students and teachers to help recover the boys’ bodies from the river, local boats had apparently refused to help unless a salvaging fee was paid.]

戴三个表的牛逼 [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:

When searching for a foreigner, even high technology is used, but what if it was an ordinary [Chinese] person?

Comments from Phoenix Online:

凤凰网新浪微博网友 迷雾中的记忆:

If Chinese people meet with a mishap in America, would they receive the same [treatment]???

凤凰网上海市网友 普陀大块头:

Americans are so enviable, even dead Americans receive better treatment than our own people. [The rescue teams] didn’t ask for salvage fee, did they?

凤凰网新浪微博网友 杭州的胡先森:

It would be nice if there came a day when [the government] treats their own people with this kind of respect.

凤凰网新浪微博网友 嘟噜呜:

Life is no doubt important, but I also see these slavish faces. Our compatriots’ lives are low [cheap], but deep in their bones, they are even lower.

凤凰网腾讯微博网友 神龙:

If it was the people [a Chinese citizen] who fell [in the water], [the government] definitely wouldn’t bother.

凤凰网腾讯微博网友 李玢:

Haha. [The government] indeed spared no efforts kissing America’s ass.

凤凰网腾讯微博网友 远方的天空:

If you want to be a man with dignity while alive, and be respected in death, emigrate!

凤凰网新浪微博网友 司马瑶瑶:

It’ll be nice when the lives of Chinese people as treated as important as this.

凤凰网腾讯微博网友 张逸风:

If an ordinary [Chinese] commoner fell [into the lake], would [the government] dispatch 500 people to recover him? I reckon a bunch of fishing boats would come and ask you: The salvage fee is 100k, do you want to salvage or not, boss?

凤凰网新浪微博网友 笨笨易:

Once again proving: Even American dogs are more valuable than Chinese people!

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Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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