Malaysian Airlines MH 17: Double Tragedy for Queensland Family Which Lost Son & Daughter-in-Law to MH 370 and Step Granddaughter & Husband to MH 17

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Relatives of Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane
A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 shouts at journalists after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, at the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight reacted with hysteria on Monday after the Malaysian prime minister announced the jet ended its journey in the remote Southern Indian Ocean. Reuters

A family from Queensland in Australia would probably shun buying tickets from Malaysian Airlines after another jet of the embattled air carrier had an air mishap on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard the aircraft. The Burrows from Biloela have barely recovered from their March 8 loss, and now two more losses in the family involving the same airlines.

The son of Irene and George Burrows, Rodney, and his wife Mary were among the passengers of the ill-fated Flight 370 that left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 bound for Beijing, and to this day remains missing. On Thursday, Malaysia Airlines claimed the lives of two more relatives of the Burrows. Step granddaughter Maree Rizk and husband Albert were aboard Flight 17 which was shot by Ukrainian rebels.

The Rizks were on their way home to Sunbury near Melboune on the plane that had Kuala Lumpur as its stopover but was shut down by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine.

The twin tragedies suffered by the Burrows only added to the recreation of another aviation drama as families and relatives mourn the loss of more loved ones, although for the kin of MH 17, death is 100 per cent sure unlike the case for passengers of MH 370 who unsure what is the real fate of their relatives and friends unless the missing jet is finally found.

Other Australian passengers of MH 17 include seven Queenslanders such as Roger Guard and wife Jill, who are the head of pathology at Toowomba Hospital and a GP, respectively. Besides Australians, the other passengers include residents of Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany, Canada and the Philippines, who all did not survive the plane crash.

If the 230 and 298 or total 537 passengers and crew of the two Malaysian Airline planes happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, including  participants joining an AIDS forum, there are some people who were not at the wrong place at the right time.

The list includes Barry Sim and wife Izzy who were supposed to be aboard MH 17 but changed flights at the last minute and instead rode a KLM flight that spared their lives. Most likely, the Sums would not buy another Malaysian Airlines ticket for lack of trust or perhaps lack of flight as analysts warn that the air carrier may have its wings slipped by lack of passengers who would still trust their lives to the embattled air carrier.

Read: Last Nail on MH: Analyst Says Malaysian Airlines Has Weak Chances of Getting Out of Financial Rut as Tragedy Strikes 2nd Time in 4 Months


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