Malaysia Airlines MH17 Shot Down in Ukraine, Chinese Reactions

Malaysia AIrlines Flight 17 wreckage after it was shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border, allegedly by separatists.

Malaysia AIrlines Flight 17 wreckage after it was shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border, allegedly by separatists.

News about the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in Ukraine is big news today since it reached the Chinese internet near midnight last night…

From NetEase:

Russian Media: A Malaysian Passenger Plane Has Crashed in Ukraine

Russian Media Claims a Malaysian Passenger Plane Has Crashed in Ukraine — Night of the 17th Beijing time, Russia’s Interfax quoting industry insider information claims a Boeing 777 belonging to a Malaysian airline has crash landed in Ukraine near the Russian border. According to reports, the plane was carrying around 280 passengers and 15 crew.

Comments from NetEase:

网易吉林省延边州延吉市手机网友 ip:222.169.*.*

I feel like I’ve been really lucky, having been able to safely return home on a Malaysian plane.

网易辽宁省沈阳市手机网友 ip:113.225.*.*

What happened? One really must not go to Malaysia! Must remember!

网易湖南省手机网友 ip:222.246.*.*

Now there really will be no one who dares go to Malaysia.

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:36.46.*.* (responding to above)

Boeing 777, do you still dare ride on one?

网易浙江省嘉兴市手机网友 ip:115.227.*.*

Malaysia Airlines again!

网易山东省青岛市手机网友 ip:112.224.*.*

TM once again Malaysia.

网易辽宁省沈阳市手机网友 ip:182.200.*.*

No way, a second plane?

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:113.116.*.*

Again Malaysia.

亚历山大柴可洛夫斯基59 [网易广东省手机网友]:

My sofa, everyone please ding me up.

9287c222638a9319b56f0d39 [网易北京市手机网友]:



From NetEase:

Malaysia Airlines Plane With 298 Passengers Shot Down Over Ukraine

Reuters quotes an Interfax report on the 17th that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger plane carrying 298 people crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on the night of the 17th Beijing time. An Ukrainian Ministry of Interior adviser says this Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was hit by a Buk air-to-surface guided missile launched by “separatists”, with all 298 people on board perishing. Military forces in Donetsk loyal to Russia accuse Ukrainian government forces for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines airplane.

WARNING: Below is a sample of the 72 images included in this NetEase photo gallery. Some include images of passenger bodies that may be disturbing to certain viewers. Discretion advised. The 72 images include more photographs of the wreckage, first responders, overseas news reports, the Buk surface-to-air missile systems, flight paths, and a passenger list. Click here to jump directly to the translated comments for this NetEase article.







Comments from NetEase:

网易广东省广州市手机网友 ip:58.248.*.*

Upvote me and you’ll be safe taking planes in this lifetime.

V字仇杀队x [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:

The Russians have once again done something inhuman.

网易安徽省宿州市网友 ip:183.164.*.*

Malaysia Airlines is going to go bankrupt.

中奖五千万 [网易江西省新余市手机网友]:

Cherish your life, stay away from Malaysia Airlines.

网易江苏省连云港市手机网友 ip:221.178.*.*

Malaysia Airlines is definitely going to go out of business this time.

芙小小4世 [网易四川省泸州市网友]:

Too ruthless, too inhuman.

中國夢我去年買了個表 [网易河北省廊坊市手机网友]:

Look, this is the wonderful thing that the Russian-supported Ukraine separatist power has done. Their weapons surpass even the Ukrainian government’s army, all advanced Russian weaponry.

网易江苏省常州市手机网友 ip:117.63.*.*

May the dead rest in peace.

网易山东省手机网友 ip:140.75.*.*

With photos there is truth.

网易山东省手机网友 ip:140.75.*.*

What model was MH370?

Here are some more headlines for currently trending and heavily-discussed articles on two other major Chinese web portals QQ and Sina:

  • On-Site Photos of Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane Crash in Ukraine” (QQ)
  • Malaysia Airlines Passenger PLane Shot Down 12 Hours Keywords” (QQ)
  • The Life of MH17 Passenger Cor Pan” (QQ)
  • Woman Lost Friends and Relatives in Both of Malaysia Airlines’ Odd Air Disasters” (QQ)
  • Media Claims Malaysia Airlines Plane May Have Been Mistakenly Shot Down” (QQ)
  • Over A Hundred Bodies Already Discovered Near Crash Site” (QQ)
  • One Hong Kong Passenger Confirmed to Have Been on Crashed Malaysia Airlines Plane” (Sina)
  • Defense Expert: Two Situations Exist for Shooting Down a Plane at 10,000 Meters Altitude” – (Sina)
  • Foreign Affairs Ministry Makes Statement on Flight MH17 Crash” (Sina)
  • Malaysian Passenger Plane Carrying 295 People Crashes in Ukraine” (Sina)

From Sina Weibo:

A Malaysian Passenger plane crashes in Ukraine: 295 People On Board — According to Russian media reports, a Malaysian Boeing 777 passenger plane crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. According to reports, the plane was carrying around 280 passengers and 15 flight crew personnel.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Where is Malaysia Airlines Going has a second season too? [吃惊]

[Note: This is a joke combining the missing MH370 plane and the popular “Where Are We Going, Dad?” reality television show that is currently airing its second season.]


Malaysia Airlines wants the whole world to know that it has monopolized air disasters for this year. [拜拜]


Fortunately, I can’t afford to go abroad. This is the first time I’ve felt it’s not bad to not have money!


I thought they had figured out what happened to MH370, but it turns out to be a new incident… Malaysia Airlines is on its knees now…


Hehehehe, some people are saying we shouldn’t blame Malaysia Airlines, but you need to know that what we are blaming is not the occurrence of the unexpected, because no one wants that to happen. What we are blaming is how Malaysia Airlines behaves irresponsibly to the victims families after an accident occurs, not providing a reasonable explanation to the Chinese people, where even its text messages [to Chinese families] confirming the crash are in English. Hehe, okay, we won’t blame the motherfuckers [also a pun on Malaysia Airlines], and you saints can go one defending Malaysia Airlines~ [拜拜]


Let’s tidy up the train of thought [by some in the comments]: 1. There are people in the comments saying those who don’t blame Malaysia Airlines should first look at how 370 was handled before they comment. Is there an alternate theory to terrorist attack? 2. Asking if there were Chinese people on board, busybodies escalating this to racism/discrimination. I laugh, as if only you could do it. To use the simplest analogy, your man and other people are in a mine and upon hearing the mine has collapsed, the first thing you think to ask is if it is your man or other men? Stupid cunts, please stop talking and reflect on your characters.


What terrorist group can afford Buk guided missiles that can reach over 10,000 meter altitudes and be so accurate? 10,000 meters? Terrorists can afford Buk missiles that can bring down planes flying around 700 [km/h?] at over 10,000 meter altitude?


Terrorists shooting down a passenger plane at a height of 10,000 meters?! Their military is going too far! Ukraine, why not just admit it was the Ukrainian military who did it, afraid to admit they had mistaken the passenger plane for a Russian fighter jet, instead of thinking you can fool children?? And Malaysia Airlines, you too are not taking your god seriously enough, clearly knowing that Ukraine is a country at war with poor weapons, yet not notifying Ukraine in advance of your plane’s flight path. You think the countries the passengers belong to can’t do anything to you!?


Malaysia Airlines, this is the second time this year. Based on Malaysia Airline’s irresponsible attitude, I bet there will be a third time. Everyone please don’t stop taking Malaysia Airlines and let it go bankrupt.


This year’s most dangerous transportation tools: Heavenly Kingdom public buses [referring to a recent incidents in China], Malaysian passenger planes, Korean ferries! Those in agreement please click upvote!

In addition to the above popular microblog post by state media People’s Daily, there is also a “Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane M17 Shot Downtrending topic on the Sina Weibo social network, as well as three trending hashtags: #Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane Shot Down#, #Malaysia Airlines M17 Shot Down#, and #Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane Crash#.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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