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Body of second football fan killed on flight MH17 identified

The body of a second football fan who was killed in the MH17 disaster has been identified, the Foreign Office said.

Newcastle United super fan John Alder, 63, was travelling to New Zealand with his friend Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch their team play pre-season friendlies when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in the Ukraine five weeks ago.

The crash claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

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British MH17 victim formally identified

A British passenger aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine has been formally identified as as former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas, the Foreign Office said.

Glenn Thomas appeared in an ITV Tonight documentary about the safety of e-cigarettes in January. Credit: ITV Tonight

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the formal identification of another British victim of Flight MH17 Glenn Thomas."

They added: "His family have been informed. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family."

The 49-year-old was among the 298 passengers and crew aboard the doomed flight, which is believed to have been downed by pro-Russian separatists last month.

Thomas had been a media officer for the World Health Organisation in Geneva for more than a decade and was travelling to an International Aids Conference in Australia.

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