Family Loses Four Members In Malaysia Airlines Flights MH370 And MH17
A family is reeling after losing four family members; two in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and two in the shooting down of flight MH17.
An Australian family has been hit by both Malaysia Airlines tragedies, having now lost four members in flight MH370’s disappearance and flight MH17’s shooting down over Ukraine.
Kaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Flight 370 when it vanished in March.
And on Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed along with 298 others on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Rizk and her husband Albert were travelling home from a holiday in Europe when the plane was shot down.
“It’s just brought everyone, everything back,” said Greg Burrows, brother to Kaylene and Rodney. “It’s just … ripped our guts again.”
He said his family was struggling to understand how they could be struck by such horrible luck on two separate occasions with the same airline.
“She just lost a brother and now a stepdaughter, so…” he said of his sister, his voice trailing off.
Rizk and her husband Albert, of Melbourne, were returning home from a four-week holiday in Europe, said Phil Lithgow, president of the Sunbury Football Club, with which the family was heavily involved. Albert, a real estate agent, was a member of the club’s committee, Maree was a volunteer in the canteen and their son, James, plays on the club’s team.
So incredibly tragic. Prayers to that family.