One Canadian among dead on downed Malaysian plane

24-year-old medical student was among the 298 people killed


AJAX, Ont. — A 24-year-old Ontario medical student was among the 298 people killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine.

Sorin Anghel says his son Andrei was studying in Romania but was travelling to Bali on the flight for a vacation. He was with his girlfriend, who he had met in Romania.

Anghel says the family knew Andrei was on the flight so when they heard it had been shot down they assumed the worst.

He says police came to his home to give him official confirmation.

The airline has said at least one Canadian was on board the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight that was brought down over eastern Ukraine. American intelligence officials have said a surface-to-air missile downed the plane.

Anghel said his son was a very kind, outgoing man who liked meeting other people. Before going to Romania to continue his studies, Anghel graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of Waterloo.

On his LinkedIn page, Anghel wrote that he believed there is much we can learn from the simplest forms of life and that he planned to learn and bring new knowledge to the world.

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