International AIDS Community Mourns Loss Of Researchers, Activists In Flight MH17 Crash

News outlets report on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), which was carrying 298 passengers and crew, including reportedly up to 100 people bound for the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Associated Press: From nun to AIDS expert; crash kills hundreds
“International passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17…” (Corder, 7/18).

The Australian: Delegates to Melbourne AIDS summit on doomed flight MH17
“More than 100 AIDS activists, researchers, and health workers bound for a major conference in Melbourne were on the Malaysia Airlines flight downed in the Ukraine…” (Wallace/Morton, 7/18).

Bloomberg News: Flight 17 Crash Casts Shadow Over Melbourne AIDS Meeting
“Dutch doctor Joep Lange, a World Health Organization spokesman, and at least four others heading to an AIDS meeting in Melbourne were among 298 Malaysia Airlines passengers and crew killed on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur [Thursday]…” (Gale/Scott, 7/18).

Financial Times: AIDS experts were passengers on crashed Malaysian flight
“Some of the world’s leading medical researchers and AIDS experts, who were on their way to an international AIDS conference in Australia, were passengers on the Malaysian aircraft that the U.S. said was shot down over Ukraine…” (Smyth, 7/18).

The Guardian: AIDS conference says 100 researchers may have been on flight MH17
“As many as 100 of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates may have been on the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine, in what has been described as a ‘devastating’ blow to efforts to tackle the virus…” (Milman, 7/18).

Huffington Post: Malaysia Plane Crash Victims Included About 100 AIDS Conference Attendees, Report Suggests
“Many of the passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday were World Health Organization staffers heading to a conference on AIDS research in Australia, the Guardian reported…” (Horowitz, 7/17).

Huffington Post: Joep Lange, AIDS Expert And Former President Of The International AIDS Society, Died In Plane Crash
“Joep Lange, a pioneer in the field of AIDS research and the former president of the International AIDS Society, was killed in a plane crash on July 17, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Lange dedicated his life to researching HIV…” (7/18).

Reuters: AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane
“The world of AIDS research was in shock on Friday after dozens of leading HIV experts were feared killed when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine, fueling concerns that research on curing the disease could suffer…” (Paul/Emmott, 7/18).

Reuters: Top Dutch AIDS expert on downed Malaysian plane
“An influential Dutch AIDS expert was among the 298 passengers on a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over Ukraine, along with others who were headed to an international AIDS conference in Melbourne, an Australian associate said on Friday…” (Paul et al., 7/18).

Wall Street Journal: AIDS Researchers Among Those Feared Dead in Malaysia Flight Crash
“…The International AIDS Society, which organizes the biennial conference, confirmed that some ‘colleagues and friends’ had been on Flight 17, though it didn’t confirm names of victims. ‘At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy,’ it said in a statement…” (McKay, 7/17).

Washington Post: AIDS researcher Joep Lange confirmed among dead in Malaysia jet shoot-down
“Members of the international HIV research community are reeling from the news that many of their own, including world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine…” (Achenbach/Cha, 7/17).

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