6 heartbreaking stories from MH17

Our condolences and prayers go out to the victims and families of the #MH17 crash.


1. Woman first loses husband to #MH370 disappearance, then loses friends to #MH17 crash




2. Malaysian PM’s step-grandma believed to be on #MH17

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s step-grandmother Puan Sri Siti Amirah was one of the 43 Malaysians who are believed to have perished when Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine on Thursday. She was 83 years old, and was once married to Tan Sri Mohammad Noah Omar as his second wife.






3. After wife escapes #MH370 disappearance, husband swaps onboard #MH17 flight

Malaysia Airlines’ flight attendant Sanjid Singh’s wife pulled out at the last moment from fulfilling her flight attendant shift on #MH370 as a colleague wanted to fly to Beijing.

Sanjid’s grieving father told The Malaysian Insider that his son had called to say that he had swapped a shift to get on board flight MH17 and fly home to Kuala Lumpur.

“He told us recently that he swapped with a colleague for the return Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight,” said Jijar Singh, Sanjid’s father.

Sanjid’s wife was meant to fly on MH370 but swapped with another colleague at the last minute,” he said between sobs.







4. Tragedy wipes out entire family of six returning to Malaysia for good

This entire family was looking forward to returning to their hometown in Kuching after living for three years in Kazakhstan. But the family of six, who were transiting via Amsterdam, died onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight during their journey back.

Tambi Jee, 49, was with his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and four children, aged 13 to 19.

Tambi was finally heading back home for good after working in Kazakhstan for three years





5. “This is what it looks like in case it goes down” – Dutch Passenger Cor Pan 

Mr Pan posted the image on Thursday morning at Amsterdam airport. Flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur but crashed over eastern Ukraine, killing its 283 passengers and 15 crew.



6. Loss of leading HIV researchers flying on MH17

Dr Lange, a Dutchman, who was on board with his wife Jacqueline van Tongeren, was a former president of the International Aids Society and has been researching HIV for 30 years. He has authored more than 350 papers and helped lead the fight for the availability of affordable treatments across Asia and Africa.










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