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Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

Woman Who Lost Brother On MH370 Loses Stepdaughter On MH17

SYDNEY (AP) - In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot 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. 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.

"It's just brought everyone, everything back," said Greg Burrows, Mann's brother. "It's just ... ripped our guts again."

Burrows 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.

"They were very lovely people," Lithgow said. "You wouldn't hear a bad word about them - very generous with their time in the community, very community-minded, and just really very entertaining people to be with."

The club members planned to wear black armbands and observe a minute of silence to honor the Rizks at their game on Saturday, Lithgow said.

Despite the twin tragedies, Burrows said he holds nothing against Malaysia Airlines.

"Nobody could predict they were going to get shot down," he said. "That was out of their hands."

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my_opinion_is July 18 2014 at 8:19 AM

Humanity is in seriously bad shape. Seriously.

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phpoling July 18 2014 at 8:36 AM

I'm so sorry for your untimely losses of your brother and your stepdaughter in just few months. May they rest in peace

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chuckwillswidows phpoling July 19 2014 at 12:48 AM

The discordant violin of Communism is playing, watch the world burning.........
"Nero" in the White House?

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buffalofurniture July 18 2014 at 11:33 AM

Obama starts off his speech in the state of delaware with a few comments about the plane crash .. basically says oh well .. then gos on about ' Its Good To Be In Delaware , I see alot of folks better looking than Joe Biden.

Our pres is a true moron , he does not care at all about anything unless it fits his agenda of transforming america into a 3rd world country

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Velocity105 July 18 2014 at 8:35 AM

Bet she learned her lesson this time, no more Malaysia Air flights.

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Kate Velocity105 July 18 2014 at 2:32 PM

How can you be so callous? The woman herself was not on either of those flights, and as Malaysia Air Line has a perfectly good reputation, it is hardly surprising that family members continued to use it.

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Richard July 18 2014 at 11:12 AM

My heart, and prayers go out to this woman for such a tragic loss of her loved ones. May God grant her strength and peace.

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aces Richard July 19 2014 at 12:20 AM

yeah that will work, prayers work great, when somebody survives a crash they say thank god and when the othe 400 people die they say well they are in a better place lol keep believing the nonsense.........

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debnaert July 18 2014 at 10:15 AM

This world is at the hands of terrorists and DICTATORS like Putin.... I hope the world will step forward and point big long fingers at PUTIN for his HUGE part in this horrid act that KILLED almost 300 people.... When will the rest of the decent world step up against these tyrants and END THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL.... ?

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tmccull52 debnaert July 18 2014 at 11:43 AM

The rest of the "decent" world won't. They'll do what they always do; they'll expect the United States to come forward, do all of the heavy lifting, and take all of the risks while their leaders pontificate and make meaningless gestures and threats.

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mgt0331 July 18 2014 at 9:10 AM

Probably won't fly that Airline anymore.

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Kate mgt0331 July 18 2014 at 2:34 PM

She was never on it to begin with.

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ajlayton80 July 18 2014 at 11:54 AM

this world is fked

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jbraidedbeauty1 July 18 2014 at 8:58 AM

I prayed for this womans sanity ..waht a terrible thing to happen... all these murders and plane crashes and hurricane and fires and all kinds of accidents killing folks, natural disasters. shows how this world is messed up..lot of it is human error..and stuff coming on folks.. i hate to say it but karma is a B, and it usddenly makes racism obselete because all these disasters dont give a damn what damn color you are,, you think plane crashes will say..Oh i will only take down blk people,, or STD's will say ..Oh i will only infect black people..but the CDC wants you to believe black people ave more, BULLCRAP!!!! everybody sexing everybody and some even sexing dogs.. i shake my head and folks putting diseases on one race.. effing idiots DISEASES ARE'NT RACIST!THey were slow to help the black folks of hurricane katrina..but look at all the hurricanes happening all over killing every damn body in the way black white green and purple..dont do a poll when u dont know all blk folks!

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boogiewiz July 18 2014 at 12:38 PM

My prayers goes out to this family, This must be overbearing for her..

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