World's top AIDS researchers killed on Malaysian flight were headed to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Linda So reports.
A devastating loss in the fight against AIDS. Many on board the Malaysian plane that was shot down over Ukraine were the world's top AIDS researchers. SOUNDBITE: CLEVE JONES, SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION CO-FOUNDER, SAYING: "It's just heartbreaking. We're a family." The scientists were headed to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Among the dead, Dr. Joep Lange, former IAS President and prominent HIV researcher. SOUNDBITE: CLEVE JONES, SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION CO-FOUNDER, SAYING: "The loss of his expertise and leadership is a blow that I-I just I don't know how we will replace him... We're dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS and today that-that um, hoped for outcome seems even further away." It's believed about 100 passengers on board the Malaysian flight were headed to the conference.