Two East Midlands students killed in Ukrainian plane crash

A university student from Leicester has been named as one of the British nationals who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine.

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Father 'beyond devastated' over death of son in crash

20-year-old Richard Mayne was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School Credit: Richard Mayne/Facebook

The father of a student from Leicester who died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash says he is 'beyond devastated'.

20-year-old Richard Mayne, who was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth, was among hundreds of people who were killed when the plane came down.

When I first saw it on the news, my heart dropped. I just thought, oh god, oh god – I couldn't believe it. We were hoping and praying he had fallen asleep and missed his flight. You think you’ve got problems and them something like this happens and it all just takes over. I can’t even bring myself to look at a photograph of him. We are beyond devastated. It is such a beautiful sunny day but our lives have been torn apart.

– Simon, Richard's father

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