July 18, 2014 – Sydney, Australia — Grieving families across Australia are still reeling from the aftermath of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday. Twenty seven Australian natives have been identified among the passengers aboard the Boeing 777-200ER that was destroyed in the air over the small town of Grabovo, Ukraine. All 298 people aboard the flight perished in this devastating incident.
In a tragic turn of events, NBC News confirms that one Australian family has lost a total of four family members on both the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash and now Flight 17. Kaylene Mann’s brother, Rod Burrows and his wife Mary, were passengers onboard Flight 370 which disappeared on March 8th while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. On July 17th, Mann’s stepdaughter, Maree Rizk and her husband Albert, were passengers onboard Flight 17 which was shot down over the Ukraine.
NBC News reports that the family is struggling to understand how they could have suffered losses from both Malaysia Airlines incidents in this past year. Although the family doesn’t put blame squarely on the airline, they are baffled and badly in need of answers. Every family member is heartbroken and has been affected by this horrible tragedy, including Greg Burrows, Mann’s brother, who stated, “It’s just brought everyone, everything back. It’s just … ripped our guts again.”
More Australians left grief-stricken from airline crash
As the investigation continues and more victims are being identified, the country finds itself in a state of shock. As stated by News.com.au, those passengers include:
- Three children from Perth who were coming home from an adventure with their grandfather, Nick Norris. The parents of Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis Maslin, 8, did not travel with them.
- Sister Philomene Tiernan, a nun from Sydney with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart. School principal Hilary Johnston-Croke said, “Phil was a very much loved staff member and friend… she touched the lives of all at KRB…”
- Nine people from Queensland, including Toowoomba pathologist Dr. Roger Guard and his wife Jill, who were returning from a European holiday.
- Liliane Derden, a mother-of-two who worked for the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Others include Elaine Teoh, a 27-year old student at the Melbourne University, Michael and Carol Clancy who were returning from a holiday in Europe and a Burleigh local, Helena Sidelik, who was returning from a friend’s wedding in Europe.