American in Ukraine crash had lived in New Jersey

Nineteen-year-old Quinn Lucas Schansman had duel Dutch-American citizenship

Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The only American identified as a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine lived in New Jersey as a child and returned to the Netherlands when he was 5.

Nineteen-year-old Quinn Lucas Schansman had duel Dutch-American citizenship.

His grandfather, Ronald Schansman, tells NJ.com his grandson was “a big boy, very lively, and we’ll all miss him.” The grandfather is visiting a relative in New Jersey, where he learned of the boy’s death. The newspaper says the teen’s family had lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey before returning to Holland.

Schansman tells Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV his grandson was on his way to Bali for a family vacation. The TV station says Quinn Schansman’s father worked at the Dutch Embassy in New York City in the 1990s.

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press

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