The Malaysian Airlines flight, MH17, that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday was carrying 108 of the world’s leading AIDS experts and researchers.
The victims, which have left the international HIV research community in mourning, included staff from the World Health Organization and medical researchers, health workers and activists who were due to attend the twentieth International AIDS Conference.
Dr Lange, a Dutchman, who was on board with his wife Jacqueline van Tongeren, was a former president of the International AIDS Society and has been researching HIV for 30 years. He has authored more than 350 papers. Full story here via Instinct Magazine!
WGB: Are you as pissed as I am? Those fucking assholes who shot down this plane, may very well have killed the scientist or doctor on board who may have had the future cure for AIDS, not to mention the tragic loss of so many amazing souls. Am I the only one who is outraged by this? This is a TREMENDOUS loss.
Update 1:01 PM EST 7/21/14: Conference organizers said they have only been able to confirm seven names.“We have been working hard to try and confirm how many people were on the flight. We’ve been speaking to a number of different authorities, and we think the actual number is much smaller,” said Chris Beyrer, who will take over the presidency of the International AIDS Society at the end of the global conference next week.
Their efforts have been complicated by the fact that the airline has not released a passenger manifest so they have been relying on information from colleagues, friends, family members and authorities from various countries. He said that while there may be some people who were on the flight and headed to the conference that they do not know about, it appears that the numbers are “an order of magnitude smaller than what has been reported.”