Second British student named as victim of Malaysian Airlines crash
Ben Pocock, a Loughborough student, has tragically died in the MH17 flight shot down over Ukraine
A second British student killed on the MH17 flight has been named as Ben Pocock.
Ben, in his 20s, studied at Loughborough University.
According to the Bristol Post, Ben was a former Wellsway School pupil. Ben has posted on his twitter he was heading to Australia after getting his results for his first year of exams.
On Monday, he tweeted: “Didn’t fail my exams. Still going to Australia.”
Before he left, he also tweeted: “Should be in bed #Recovering but I haven’t packed yet and I leave in 18 hours”.
Earlier this morning, his Dad, Jeremy, tweeted to a friend of Ben’s: “Sorry Robbie, Ben was on the Malaysian flight”.
Ben played for St Mary Redcliffe Cricket club, and a fellow member paid tribute on the Facebook page: “I can’t believe it. Ben Pocock good fun loving bloke to (sic) young to be taken from his family and friends. Thoughts go out to his family.”
The first British student named among the 298 killed in the crash was Richard Mayne, a Maths & Finance student at Leeds Uni who had raised thousands of pounds for charity. Friends and family wrote tributes over social media.
Friend Billy De-Haven called Richard a “very inspirational gentleman”.
His cousin Scarlett also tweeted: ‘Thank you for all the condolences. I will never understand why our beautiful Richard was taken from us. He will remain forever loved #MH17″