Press officer Glenn Thomas dies in Malaysian Airlines tragedy

Glenn Thomas, 49, a media officer for the World Health Organisation yesterday died in the Malaysian Airlines tragedy which saw the Boeing 777 shot down by Ukrainian rebels.

Thomas was once a journalist for the BBC

Thomas, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with over 100 AIDS delegates on their way to an International conference when Flight MH17 crashed.

The media, which universally lead with the accident, published graphic images of the wreckage in the Ukrainian countryside this morning.

Paying tribute to Thomas, Fadela Chaib WHO spokesperson, said: “I can confirm he [Thomas] was on the flight travelling to Australia to attend the AIDS conference in Australia.

“For the time being we would like to give his family time to grieve. We have lost a wonderful person and a great professional. Our hearts are broken. We are all in shock.”

Tributes to Thomas flowed in on Twitter, from friends, colleagues and those travelling to the conference.

A further two of the Brits killed in the crash were Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who were travelling to see their side compete in the Football United Tour of New Zealand.

Russian papers distanced themselves from the separatists who were accused of the attack.

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