Teen crash victims, Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan, mourned on microblogs
One of the two confirmed victims of Saturday’s deadly Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco, Wang Lin Jia, 17, was reluctant to say goodbye to her friends, she wrote on her Tecent Weibo page (a Chinese version of Twitter) days before her death.
In one tweet, Wang wrote, “Maybe time can dilute the coffee in a cup and flatten the contour of memory.” On Friday, one day before the plane crash, she posted her last Weibo message in English. She simply said: “Go.”
The other victim was Ye Meng Yuan, 16, who, according to People’s Daily Newspaper in Beijing, was a classmate with Wang in the same school.
Mourners have left thousands of messages on the two girls’ still-active Weibo pages. Some are from their close friends, but most are from strangers. One wrote, “Little sisters, good luck on your road in heaven.”
Judging from the replies on the two girls’ microblogging pages, Wang was the class monitor, a special position in the Chinese education system, something like a teacher’s assistant and was good at Chinese calligraphy and recitation. Ye was also a stellar student, leader and was a proficient piano player, her page indicates.
According to another Beijing daily newspaper, the two students were among 30 high school students from Jiangshan School who were planning to attend a summer camp with a focus on visiting some of the most selective universities in California, such as the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA.
When Wang’s parents received the news on the death of their daughter, they hugged and burst into tears, according to the East Day news in Shanghai. Both Wang and Ye’s parents are in the process of completing the necessary paperwork to come to the US.
According to the public relations department of Asiana Airlines’s base in South Korea, the two girls were thrown from the plane and killed upon impact when the plane’s tail hit the ground. They were believed to sit at the rear of the airplane; their bodies were found on the runway.
East Day also reported the students onboard the doomed flight had just completed their first year of senior high and paid approximately $5,000 dollars to go on the 15-day-long camp.