Published On: Fri, Jul 18th, 2014 on 6:32 pm

Leeds University student named among MH17 passenger victims

Richard Mayne Malaysian Airlines

Richard Mayne in 2014 volunteering for a children’s charity in Nepal

Leeds university student Richard Mayne has been named as one of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in Eastern Ukraine.

All 298 passengers and crew died yesterday when the Boeing 777-200 crashed after apparently being shot down as it passed over the war-torn country.

A Maths and Finance undergraduate, Mr Mayne was one of 10 Britons believed to be on-board and is reported to have been travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the aircraft was downed.

Tributes on social media have since been pouring in for Mr Mayne, who was a keen rugby player and is described to have been a “popular” and “well-connected member” of the Leeds student community.

An official statement made by Leeds University Union read: “We are still awaiting official confirmation that our student Richard Mayne was aboard the Malaysian flight MH17.

“We know this is an extremely distressing time for Richard’s family, friends and fellow students, and our thoughts are with them all as we wait to hear news from the airline.

“We urge all students affected by this situation to seek support from our Student Advice Centre.”

Mr Mayne was active in helping raise money for charity.

Charity fundraising society Leeds RAG said: “He raised over £1000 before climbing to Everest Base Camp in March. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.”

The Malaysia Airlines jet was flying at 33,000 feet at the time it lost contact with air traffic control, and experts have stated it was most likely downed by either a advanced surface to air missile or a military jet using air-to-air missiles.

Malaysia Airlines released a list of the passengers’ nationalities, which included 189 Dutch, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, four Belgians, four Germans, three Filipinos, one Canadian and one New Zealander.

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  1. Joanne says:

    My thoughts go to his family who must be devastated. May the Lord grant them ease at this distressful time…

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