Moray relatives of MH17 victim still wait for news

Stephen Anderson

The family of a former RAF Lossiemouth man who lost his life when Malaysian Airlines jet MH17 was shot down over Ukraine is still awaiting information on if his body has been recovered.

Stephen Anderson was one of 298 people aboard the aircraft when it was brought down six weeks ago, believed to have been mistaken for a Ukrainian military transport by anti-government rebels.

Mr Anderson spent ten years of his RAF career at Lossiemouth and his daughter still lives in the town with his first wife. His widow Joanna also has close family ties in Elgin.

He was flying home to Penang where he was employed by oil company Maersk when the aircraft was brought down and was one of 10 UK citizens killed in the tragedy.

Confirming that the family were unable to make any funeral arrangements Mr Anderson’s 65-year-old mother Rosalind said: “We do not know anything and can’t make arrangements – we are just waiting for updates all the time.”

An investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way and being led by Dutch authorities – the aircraft was flying from Amsterdam to Malaysia and the majority of those killed were Dutch citizens.

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