American Killed in Malaysia Crash Had S. Jersey Relatives

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    Quinn Lucas Schansman was aboard the plane shot down over Ukraine. NBC10's Cydney Long talked to his grandfather on a visit to Gloucester County, New Jersey. (Published Friday, July 18, 2014)

    The first American identified as a victim of the Malaysia jet crash has ties to South Jersey.

    Grandfather Mourns American Killed in Malaysia Jet Crash

    [PHI] Grandfather Mourns American Killed in Malaysia Jet Crash
    Ronald Schansman talks about his grandson, Quinn Lucas Schansman. The 19-year-old is the first American identified as a victim in the Malaysia jet crash. (Published Friday, July 18, 2014)

    Quinn Lucas Schansman, 19, has a great aunt who lives in Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey.

    His grandfather, Ronald Schansman, happened to be visiting her when he got a call from his son about the crash.

    "You go through all the phases of mourning," Ronald Schansman said on Friday. "At the moment, it's just mourning. And of course anger."

    Flight MH17 was carrying 298 passengers and crew when it was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

    Schansman said his grandson was studying International Business at the University of Amsterdam and was flying to meet his father, stepmother, younger brother and sister for a family vacation.

    Quinn was born in New York where his father worked for the Dutch Embassy. When he was five, he moved with his father to Holland.