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KUALA LUMPUR, July 20:

A Royal Malaysian Navy officer lost his wife, his one-year-old son and his sister-in-law on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammiddin Hussein said Lt-Commander Lee Vee Weng’s wife, a lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia, was in Europe to present a paper at the University of Antwerp.

In his Facebook page, Hishammuddin explained that Lee’s wife had taken her sister to help take care of their one-year-old son while she attended the conference.

“Someone found Lee’s wife’s iPad at the crash site and tried to establish contact with her family members.

“As her Facebook account had not been signed out on the iPad, the individual managed to connect the iPad to a Wi-Fi network and message Lee’s sister-in-law here who happened to be online at the time through the Facebook account.”

Hishammuddin said the messages were in Russian and that he had requested the military attaché from the Ukrainian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to get in touch with the individual possessing the iPad.

Flight MH17 was shot down while in Ukraine airspace on the way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdram.

A total of 298 passengers and crew members were killed in the Thursday evening crash.

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