One Of The British Victims Of Malaysia Airlines Crash Has Been Named As Glenn Thomas

Thomas was a WHO employee and former BBC journalist.

World Health Organisation spokesman Glenn Thomas has been named as one of the nine British citizens killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed near the Ukraine-Russian border, the WHO has confirmed.

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Thomas was a former BBC journalist and worked at the WHO’s headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 49-year-old was heading towards an international HIV conference in Melbourne. It is believed that 107 other researchers and staff from the WHO were on the flight.

It is understood that Thomas has a twin sister, Tracey, who lives in Blackpool.

Speaking to Vox News, Dr Rachel Baggaley of the HIV Department at the WHO said: “I’m just devastated. He’s a very close colleague whom I work with on a daily basis. He just had his birthday – he was going to plan all sorts of celebrations.”

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Devastated colleagues of Thomas have expressed their condolences, with many using a “#RIPGlennWHO” hashtag.

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Saddened to learn that my friend and @WHO staff who was traveling to @AIDS_conference to Melbourne was on flight #MH17. RIP #Glenn Thomas

— Haileyesus Getahun (@haileygetahun)
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Woke to discover that my friend, Glenn Thomas, Comms. Officer for WHO has died in MH117 crash. A lovely man and a lot of fun. RIP Glenn.

— Paul Thorn (@Paul_Thorn)
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Just found out that a former BBC colleague, Glenn Thomas, was among those killed in yesterday's plane crash. A really nice man. Awful news.

— Nick Tarry (@LondonW12)
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Thinking of you, @HaertlG, @setiogi, @cfeig & the rest of the amazing @WHO folks. So saddened to hear about lovely, funny, whip-smart Glenn

— Jennifer Yang (@jyangstar)
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The WHO said that he was a “great colleague” who will be missed.

We lost one of our colleagues, Glenn Thomas, on the Malaysian Airlines #MH17 that crashed yesterday. He will be greatly missed #RIPGlennWHO

— WHO (@WHO)
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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.