A family of six are among the almost 300 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, it has emerged.
Tambi Jiee, 49, his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and their four children,Mohd Afif, 19, Mohd Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Mohd Afruz, 13, were travelling on the Boeing 777, Malaysia’s The Star newspaper reported.
The family were returning from Kazakhstan were Mr Tambi, who worked for Shell, had been based for around three years, the paper added.
Some of the greatest minds in the fight against HIV and Aids were also travelling on the jet, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.
They were on their way to theInternational Aids Society (IAS) summit in Melbourne, Australia.
One of those who is understood to have been on the jet is Dr Joep Lange, a well-known researcher from the Netherlands.
“If this is the case then the HIV/Aids movement has truly lost a giant,” the IAS said.
Among the 283 passengers and 15 Malaysia Airlines cabin crew on board were 192 Dutch nationals, 44 Malaysians, 28 Australians, 12 Indonesians, ten Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian, one New Zealander, one person from Hong Kong and a female Irish national.
In a bizarre twist of fate, flight attendant Sajid Singh 41, swapped flights to fly on MH17 – months after his wife swapped off the doomed MH370 which vanished flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, his his father Jijar Singh told The Malaysian Insider.
Kaylene Mann, from Queensland, Australia, who lost her brother and sister-in-law in the flight which disappeared on March 8, 2014, is now mourning the loss of her stepdaughter Maree Rizk and her husband Albert, who were returning to their Melbourne home after a month-long European holiday.
Another of the victims is Karlijn Keijzer, a doctoral student at Indiana University in the US.
The Star Online reported Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s step-grandmother was among the passengers aboard the fateful flight.
Sailor and businessman Nick Norris, 68, was also heading back from a break away in Europe with his three grandchildren, Milo Maslin, 12, Evie Maslin, 10, and Otis Maslin eight, Perth Now reported.
The Australian media also reported a much-loved nun, Philomene Tiernan, from Sydney, Toorak college teacher Frankie Davison and her husband Liam, student Elaine Teoh and her Dutch boyfriend Emiel Mahler, Canberra mother-of-two Liliane Derden and security consultant Marco Grippeling, from Melbourne, among the victims.
Young Dutchman Cor Pan, from Volendam, north of Amsterdam, who is also believed to have perished in the disaster, posted a picture of the jetliner on Facebook, minutes before he boarded it, writing: “If it should disappear, this is what it looks like.”