Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

Posted: Updated:
  • NationalMore>>

  • Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:27:36 GMT
    A man who authorities say fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex near Philadelphia and was then shot by his psychiatrist remains listed in critical condition.More >>
    Authorities say a psychiatric patient had dozens of bullets on hand when he killed his caseworker and intended to kill more people at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex.More >>
  • Embattled grocery chain weighs proposal to buy it

    Embattled grocery chain weighs proposal to buy it

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:26:50 GMT
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures.More >>
    Board members of the beleaguered Market Basket grocery store chain say they will "seriously consider" a proposal from its fired chief executive to buy the company as the chain faces a workers' revolt that has paralyzed...More >>
  • Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

    Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:26:33 GMT
    Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to...More >>
    Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future...More >>
By KRISTEN GELINEAU
Associated Press

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."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Crisis in UkraineMore>>

  • Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:05:24 GMT
    The Pentagon says the movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", escalating the military action there.More >>
    The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.More >>
  • More international observers going to MH17 crash site

    More international observers going to MH17 crash site

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:24:05 GMT

    The Netherlands is stepping up efforts to try to ensure that the remains of all the victims of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 return home from Ukraine, the Dutch prime minister told CNN.

    More >>

    The Netherlands is stepping up efforts to try to ensure that the remains of all the victims of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 return home from Ukraine, the Dutch prime minister told CNN.

    More >>
  • Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

    Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:14:22 GMT
    Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause...More >>
    Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and...More >>