First pictures of passengers who perished on plane blown out of the sky above Ukraine


Glenn Thomas, 49, top left, was among the 298 killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile yesterday. Mr Thomas was a World Health Organisation media relations officer from Blackpool. He is one of nine Britons believed to have died in the disaster, which also killed 27 Australians, including three children - Mo, Otis and Evie Maslim (top right), aged 12, eight and 10 respectively. Joep Lange, a leading HIV researcher (bottom left), student Elaine Teoh (bottom centre) and Catholic nun from Sydney, Sister Philomene Tiernan (bottom right) were also among the victims. The flight, a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, exploded into flames at 33,000ft as it was hit by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile over territory near Donetsk held by pro-Russian rebels. Dutch authorities have said that at least nine Britons, 154 Dutch, 27 Australians were among the dead. The nationalities of 41 people on board have not been confirmed. As shocking pictures of bodies and debris (left) emerged, the tragedy sparked a full-blown international crisis last night, increasing tension between Moscow and Washington.

Four of the nine British victims on board doomed flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine yesterday have been named. 

They include UN worker Glenn Thomas, from Blackpool, who was travelling to a conference on AIDS In Melbourne, Australia. 

Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were on their way to a pre-season friendly in New Zealand. 

The fourth British victim has been confirmed as Richard Mayne from Leicester. 

Leeds University student Richard Mayne, pictured, from Leicester was going on an industrial placement 

Liam Sweeney, pictured, was travelling to New Zealand to follow Newcastle United's pre-season tour 

Newcastle United fan John 'The Undertaker' Alder, circled, had only missed one match since 1973

Glenn Thomas, pictured, was travelling to Melbourne with the World Health Organisation aboard MH17 
Newcastle United fans began sending floral tributes to honour Mr Alder and Mr Sweeney who died in the crash

Fans paid tributes to the two Newcastle United fans who were travelling to New Zealand to watch their team

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