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Family Who Lost Two Members On Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight Lose Two More On Flight MH17

“It’s just ripped our guts again.”

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An Australian family who lost two relatives when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in March lost two more family members when flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine on Thursday.

Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters

Kaylene Mann, from Queensland, lost her brother and sister-in-law when flight MH370 disappeared earlier this year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Today she found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, and Rizk’s husband were on board MH17 when it went down near the Russian border yesterday.

Her brother, Greg Burrows, told reporters: “It’s just ripped our guts again.”

Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters

He also told the Courier Mail: “It has been a very trying day.

“This has just blown everyone clean out of the water.’’

It is believed 298 people were on board flight MH17 when it crashed on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

Stringer / Reuters

They included at least 173 people from the Netherlands, 44 people from Malaysia, 28 Australians, 12 Indonesians, and nine Britons.

Thomas was one of number of people travelling to an international HIV conference in Melbourne.

I lost a great friend, a wonderful professional comrade & the world lost a fantastic man :-( RIP Glenn Thomas #MH17

Oscar Soria@oscar_soria

I lost a great friend, a wonderful professional comrade & the world lost a fantastic man :-( RIP Glenn Thomas #MH17

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