HIV Expert Joep Lange Among Victims on Malaysian Jet Shot Down Over Ukraine
HIV Expert Joep Lange Among Victims on Malaysian Jet Shot Down Over Ukraine

Joep Lange, a well-known HIV researcher from the Netherlands, was among the Dutch nationals killed when a Malaysian jet was shot-down over eastern Ukraine, opposition leader Bill Shorten said in parliament.

Joep Lange is among 154 Dutch nationals killed on the airline, which was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

“The International AIDS Society today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today,” according to a statement released by the group.

WHO spokeswoman Christy Feig said Glenn Thomas, a British spokesman for the organization was scheduled to be on the flight.