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AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

July 19, 2014 • World News


This is an undated photo provided by PharmAccess Group, of the head of communications at Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Jacqueline van Tongeren. Researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community. The Academic Medical Center hospital in Amsterdam said in a statement that two of its staff, Joep Lange and his colleague Jacqueline van Tongeren, were believed to have perished. The attack on a Malaysian jetliner Thursday, July 17, 2014 killed 298 people. (AP Photo/PharmAccess, Maaike Danz)

SYDNEY (AP) — A prominent researcher, two activists and at least three others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community.

Among the passengers were a former president of the International AIDS Society, Joep Lange, a well-known researcher from the Netherlands, and World Health Organization spokesman Glenn Thomas, based in Geneva.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine. How Login to read more

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