Malaysia Airlines released a full flight manifest Saturday of the victims on board Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.
In a press release accompanying the manifest, the airline said it still been unable to make contact with many of the family members of the victims, despite working with various foreign embassies. It urged family members and friends of those on board the flight— which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday — to contact the airline.
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Several prominent AIDS researchers were also on board, the International AIDS Society said in a statement. They were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS Conference.
"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," the organization said.
Among the passengers was former IAS President Joep Lange, a well-known HIV researcher from the Netherlands, opposition leader Bill Shorten said in Australia's parliament.
Chris Beyrer, president-elect of the IAS, said if reports of Lange's death were true, "then the HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant."
Most of the people aboard the doomed flight were Dutch, but there were also victims from many other nations. Authorities had not been able to confirm whether there were any Americans on board, but the airline said Friday there were 20 people whose nationalities had not been verified.
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An Indiana University student from the Netherlands was on board the Malaysian airliner shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine, university officials said Friday.
Karlijn Keijzer, 25, of Amsterdam was a doctoral student in chemistry at the university about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis who also earned her master's degree from Indiana University, spokesman Mark Land said.
Her hometown was Almelo, Netherlands, about 90 miles east of Amsterdam and 30 miles from the German border, according to her Facebook page. In Bloomington, she was a member of the women's rowing team during the 2011 season.
The confirmed list included:
- Netherlands - 173 nationals
- Malaysia - 44, including 15 crew and 2 infants
- Australia - 27
- Indonesia - 12, including 1 infant
- United Kingdom - 9
- Germany - 4
- Belgium - 4
- Philippines - 3
- Canada - 1
- New Zealand - 1
- No Americans have been identified so far.
Relatives and friends of the victims flocked to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, where the flight originated, and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the plane's intended destination.
At the Kuala Lumpur airport, a distraught Akmar Mohamad Noor said her older sister was on her way back to Malaysia to celebrate Eid, the feast marking the end of Ramadan, with the family.
The 67-year-old sister has lived in Geneva for 30 years and last visited the family in Kuala Lumpur five years ago, she said.
"She was coming back from Geneva to celebrate (Eid) with us for the first time in 30 years," Akmar said in between sobs. "She called me just before she boarded the plane and said, 'See you soon.'"