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Updated: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:40:51 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Andrei Anghel, from Ajax, Ont., was on crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17



Andrei Anghel, seen here in his profile photo on LinkedIn, was in biomedical research. He was en route to Bali, Indonesia, for a vacation when the plane crashed. Andrei Anghel/LinkedIn

Andrei Anghel, seen here in his profile photo on LinkedIn, was in biomedical research. He was en route to Bali, Indonesia, for a vacation when the plane crashed. Andrei Anghel/LinkedIn

Andrei Anghel, a 24-year-old from Ajax, Ont., was on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed Thursday in Eastern Ukraine, CBC News has confirmed.

Anghel was one of 298 people on board the plane. He is believed to be the lone Canadian on board.

The Ukrainian government said the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down.

The government in Kyiv and pro-Russia separatists fighting in Ukraine's eastern region both denied being responsible for bringing down the plane.

In a statement, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the crash.

Anghel graduated with a degree in biomedical science from the University of Waterloo in 2012.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he was taking classes at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in Romania.

He was en route to Bali, Indonesia, for a vacation, Anghel's father told CBC News.

Anghel went to Ajax High School from 2004-08 and worked in a local McDonald's and Wal-Mart in Ajax.

He volunteered at a seniors' residents, worked as a research assistant and presented a paper on the differences in medical treatment between men and women.

"I believe there is much we can learn from the simplest forms of life," he wrote on his LinkedIn profile. "I plan to learn and bring new knowledge to the world."

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