The researchers were traveling to the International AIDS Conference that begins Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
One of the confirmed dead is Dr. Joep Lange, the executive scientific director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and well regarded as the top AIDS researcher in the world.
“The HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant,” said Chris Beyrer, president-elect of the International AIDS Society, of the passing of Dr. Lange.
“Not only did this tragedy take the lives of these researchers,” said James Friedman, executive director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, “but also robbed the world of their future discoveries and contributions to the HIV/AIDS patients they served.”
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