Bangor University graduate killed in Malaysian Airlines disaster

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

A BANGOR University graduate is thought to have been a victim of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine.

Tributes have been paid to Glen Thomas, aged 49, who studied economics in Bangor in the 1980s, on a Facebook page for Bangor alumni.

Wayne Crocker posted: "I am sure he will have had so many friends from Bangor who will be saddened and shocked by this news.

"Rest in peace Glen, a great ambassador for our intimate little university & the lifelong friends you make there."

Nine Britons were among the 295 people killed aboard the MH17, which is thought to have been hit by a surface to air missile.

A Bangor University spokeswoman said: "Bangor University is saddened to learn that former student Glenn Thomas was one of the passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

"Glenn graduated with a degree in Economics from Bangor University in 1987, and the thoughts of all at Bangor University are with his family and friends at this tragic time."

Mr Thomas, of Blackpool, was a media officer at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva and was travelling to an international conference on AIDS aboard flight MH17.

A WHO spokesman said on Twitter : "We lost one of our colleagues, Glenn Thomas, on the Malaysian Airlines MH17 that crashed yesterday. He will be greatly missed."
 

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