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GENEVA, July 18, /ITAR-TASS/. Some of the Australian nationals who were onboard the ill-fortune Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, were bound for Australia’s Melbourne to take part in a conference of the International AIDS Society (IAS). It is not ruled out the press secretary of the World Health Organization (WHO) might happen to be among the crash victims, the IAS said in a press release.
“The International AIDS Society today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today,” the press release says.
“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.”
According to media reports, it is not ruled out that among passengers was the press secretary of the World Health Organization, Glenn Thomas.
Earlier in the day, Australian Minister for Foreign Affair Julie Bishop confirmed the death of at least 27 Australian nationals in the jet crash in Ukraine but did not rule out that this number might still go up.
A Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines that was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur disappeared from the radars and crashed on Thursday evening near the settlement of Grabovo in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. All those who were onboard the plane - 283 passengers, including three nurslings, and 15 crew members - died.