MH17 passenger made Facebook joke about 'missing' plane before boarding

One passenger's joke on Facebook about the MH17 plane disappearing, minutes before he boarded, has gone viral.

FP Staff July 18, 2014 09:34:46 IST
MH17 passenger made Facebook joke about 'missing' plane before boarding

The MH17 Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed after it was shot down in Ukraine has left 295 passengers and crew on board dead. However one passenger's joke on Facebook about the plane disappearing, minutes before he boarded has gone viral.

A Dutch resident, Cor Pan had put out a message saying, “Should it disappear, this is what it looks like,” on his Facebook page along with wrote on his Facebook wall along with a photo of the MH17 Malaysian Airlines plane he was about to board with his girlfriend in Amsterdam. He was of course, referring to the now infamous flight MH370 which disappeared, believed to have crashed in a remote area of the South Indian Ocean.

The original Facebook post has close to 15,000 shares already.

The joke has turned out to be an awful prophecy in hindsight. His friends who had initially posted messages for a good holiday and safe journey, were soon frantically posting, asking whether it was Cor's plane that had crashed.

MH17 passenger made Facebook joke about missing plane before boarding

The Facebook post that has gone viral.

According to a Guardian report, one friend posted on the photo, “Such a lovely life taken away.”

“Awful … there are no words,” another wrote. “Sending strength to his family”, adds the report. Pan had boarded the plane with his girlfriend.

His friends have already started a Facebook community in his memory. It already has close to 2660 likes.

Below is an embed of the post

Both on Twitter and Facebook, Cor Pan's story has generated a lot of interest and reactions, with some noting that it was rather eerie. Below are some Twitter reactions.

The victims in Malaysian plane include 154 Dutch passengers, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, 6 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Philippines, one Canadian and 47 of yet unknown identities.

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