Malaysia Airlines MH370 Plane Crash, Chinese Reactions

Malaysian Airlines airplane.

Malaysia Airlines airplane.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 dominated the headlines today on the Chinese internet, as the top story on China’s web portals and microblogging social networks. The most commented article on NetEase, posted at 8:30am…

From NetEase:

Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane Missing

According to Agence France Presse (AFP), Malaysia Airlines has reported that they have lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people.

Comments from NetEase:

网易江苏省南京市手机网友 ip:112.4.*.*:

May God keep them safe and sound.

网易江苏省常州市手机网友 ip:180.115.*.*:

There are no territories, there are no borders, may all the people on the plane be safe! May God protect them!

新浪让包子飞y [网易四川省网友]:

May it please just be a communications system malfunction.

网易浙江省宁波市手机网友 ip:60.55.*.*:

Hope all the people on the plane are safe and sound. My prayers.

李学良书生 [网易北京市手机网友]:

Doesn’t matter if it’s God, Buddha, or Jesus, please keep them safe and sound!!

On China’s leading microblogging platform Sina Weibo, “Malaysia to Beijing Flight Missing” is amongst the top trending topics, while #MH370 Search#, #Prayers for Malaysian Flight#, and #Malaysia Airlines Plane Missing# are amongst the most used user-generated hashtags.

Half of the Top 10 hottest individual microblog posts of the day on Sina Weibo are also about the flight, and all of the Top 3. In chronological order…

Posted at 9:10am by state-broadcaster CCTV, with over 165k reshares/forwards and 25k comments, and currently ranked #2 for the day…

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: #Malaysia Airlines Plane Goes Missing# A Flight with 239 People Flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Has Gone Missing, 160 Chinese Nationals On Board — Malaysia Airlines has issued a statement saying they have lost contact with one of the company’s planes flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The flight number is MH370, a Boeing model 777-200, carrying 239 people, including two infants. Originally scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 today; it has gone missing after contact with Vietnamese air traffic control. At present, a search has already been launched. Our prayers that they are safe and sound!


So watching too many Korean TV serial dramas really does make one retarded. At this kind of time where others are all worried about the safety of the people on board, those people mentioning My Love from the Star [Korean: 별에서 온 그대, Chinese: 来自星星的你, Lai Zi Xing Xing De Ni], calling on Professor [the profession of the character played by actor Kim Soo-hyun in the series], you people have once again demonstrated that your reputation for being retards is justified.

[This comment is referring to a few comments by Chinese netizens alluding to the series, calling for the alien to save these people with his time-stopping powers. The overwhelming majority of comments are prayers for the plane and passengers.]


Hope all of the people will be safe and fortunate, that they’ll all be sound, and have a safe landing.


Could it be a problem with space-time/reality/dimension [such as Lost or Bermuda Triangle]? That they entered another space-time? In recent times, we’ve discovered this kind of incident. If communications is lost and wreckage is not found, then it means the plane did not land or crash, and may have entered another space-time! It’s not as if this kind of thing hasn’t happened before. If they really entered [another dimension], then they should search along their [flight path], because no traces of the plane have been found so far, and maybe they will reappear at any moment, where a lot of time has passed for us but only a few minutes has passed for them.


With Kuala Lumpur as the center, draw a circle with a radius 1.5 times the longest distance a plane of this model can fly in 7 hours to search! I recommend the military get involved! My prayers for all of the passengers.


Live — Beijing Capital Airport T3 Terminal: There are family members who have broken down emotionally. Also, there is news that a large number of journalists heading towards the Beijing Capital Airport to interview family members, and here I earnestly request that our journalists comrades set aside their desire to get exclusives, wait for official information, and also give the family members space. At this time, what they need more is peace and quiet, and don’t want to be disturbed or interviewed.

Ranked #1 for the day, posted at 1:34pm, by newspaper The People’s Daily, and currently with nearly 200k reshares/forwards and over 45k comments…

From Sina Weibo:

@人民日报: Vietnamese Navy Confirms Plane Crash — The People’s Daily reporter Yang Ye reports, Vietnam’s Fifth Naval Region political commissar Rear Admiral Ngo Van Phat claims the plane crashed 153 nautical miles from Tho Chu Island, near the border between Vietnamese and Malaysian territorial waters. Vietnamese search and rescue teams have already been dispatched. Our prayers!!!


Comments from Sina Weibo:


Regardless of whether they are dead or alive, bring every Chinese person back home.


If the plane was forced to land and was successful, floating on the ocean, then all the people will be standing on the plane. It has to be like this.


A really really really really large sea turtle has people standing on its back right now.


Aircraft accidents have the lowest probability of all transportation accidents, but the probability of death is the highest. Allow me to meekly ask, is it really not possible to place parachutes underneath each seat? Or have every seat be its own parachute system, where if there’s an accident, the plane’s belly will automatically drops open and the seat instantly becomes an escape pod?


The people in the comments blaming Malaysia Airlines sure are amusing. No one wants accidents to happen. After an incident, is there any use incessantly blaming others?

Currently ranked #8 is a list of the passengers , posted at 1:36pm…

From Sina Weibo:

@头条新闻: Partial List of Chinese Passengers on the Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight (152 Names) — Sina exclusive partial passenger list. (There may be discrepancies in the compiling of the list).

[Click to view passenger list]

At #3 for the day is this post by a Chinese air traffic controller in Guangzhou, posted at 1:48pm, with over 100k reshares/forwards and 16k comments…

From Sina Weibo:

@航空管制锐RAY-ATC: Malaysia Airlines 370, air traffic control radar hopes to see you, and if you can hear this, please maintain your current altitude, and proceed directly to your destination. Know that we have applied for a direct route for you, and other kind-hearted flights will accommodate you in giving you way. Everyone is willing to let you be the first to land. The weather for your route is currently sunny and cloudless, with the air temperature at your destination Beijing being 5 degrees, a little cold, so dress warmly when disembarking. Remember to hug the friends and family who have come to pick you up, because they love you very much. Good day.

Posted at 6:41pm, the following update reached 4th place momentarily before currently falling down to 5th place…

From Sina Weibo:

@叶千荣: Kyodo News Agency newsflash: Vietnam’s Navy has discovered a 20 kilometer large oil slick in the waters it was searching.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Can only ask that there be survivors! No matter what nationality.


Don’t give up until the end, my prayers that all are safe and sound.

樱桃瘦肉丸子: (responding to above)

Yeah, we can’t give up until the end! That time with 500 people on Japan Air, because of the pilot’s excellent skill, there were still survivors, but search times abandoned the search because of night, resulting in some of the survivors dying, and the search team leader also committed suicide because of his guilt from this, so I hope such a tragedy won’t happen again!


I hope it was the pilot releasing fuel in order to land. I hope they had time to put on their life vest. I hope they are all wearing life vest in the sea waiting for rescue. The day is already dark, hurry and find them.


Seeing so many elderly people born in the 1930s and ’40s on the passenger list, I’m unbearably saddened. Having survived from that era, they’ve suffered already too much hardship. Heaven protect them, let them safely come out of this!!!


If it was released before normal landing, it wouldn’t be limited to a 20km range. There are only two possibilities: A sudden incident caused the plane to quickly fall, and it was quickly released in an emergency descent, or it is oil/fuel that flowed out after the plane fell into the ocean. Either way, this oil was released from the plane’s body at low-altitude or sea-level. However, the probability of a mid-air explosion should be able to be ruled out now.



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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