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One family loses members in both Malaysian Airlines disasters


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One family loses members in both Malaysian Airlines disasters

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

In a tragic coincidence, a family in Australia has lost members in both of the recent Malaysian Airlines disasters.

“Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Flight 370 when it vanished in March,” reports NBC News. “On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed along with 297 others on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which U.S. intelligence authorities believe was shot down by a surface-to-air missile” over Ukraine.
“It’s just brought everyone, everything back,” Mann’s brother, Greg Burrows, tells NBC. “It’s just ... ripped our guts again.”
NBC reports Rizk and her husband Albert, of Melbourne, were returning home from a four-week vacation in Europe. 
Understandably, the family is grappling with being affected by two tragedies involving the same airline. However, “despite the twin tragedies, Burrows said he holds nothing against Malaysia Airlines,” NBC reports. He said, “Nobody could predict they were going to get shot down. That was out of their hands.”
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.