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Opening ceremony to honour plane victims

Victims of the MH17 plane crash, including two Newcastle United fans, will be remembered at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down while flying over a rebel-held area of Ukraine last Thursday, with no survivors from the 298 people on board.

A large number of those were from Commonwealth countries and they, as well as the other victims, are being recognised.

Speaking at a daily media briefing ahead of the ceremony, Prince Imran from Malaysia, the Commonwealth Games Federation's president, said: "I am from Malaysia and it's another sad occasion for our country, and for the airline."

Referencing the MH370 flight, which disappeared after leaving Kuala Lumpur in March, he added: "It's a terrible thing to have two tragedies within months of each other. As I understand it there will be some recognition."

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, added: "We will be paying tribute."

Details, in keeping with the rest of the ceremony, are being kept under wraps.

 

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