Close friend of BC AIDS expert may be among dead on crashed Malaysia Airlines jetliner

The shooting down of Malaysian airlines flight 17 in Ukraine has hit home for the director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Julio Montaner says he is shocked to learn one of his close colleagues may be among the dead.

“My colleague, my friend, my very close collaborator, Dr. Joep Lange, may have been on this plane and we are devastated just to think about this loss. It is something that I can’t even think about. ”

He says Lange may have been on the plane heading to an AIDS conference in Melbourne.

Shane Woodford reports

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