In this image taken from amateur video, Thursday July 17, 2014, a fireball is seen shortly after a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, and plumes of black smoke rose up from the scene near the rebel-held village of Grabovo, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines has tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Amateur Video accessed by APTV)
An Australian woman, Kaylene Mann, who lost her brother when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March was told Friday that her stepdaughter was on board the airline's MH17 flight that was shot down in Ukraine.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Mann's stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, and Rizk's husband, Albert, were among the 298 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when it went down in eastern Ukraine Thursday. One of Albert Rizk's colleagues told the Hume Leader the couple was returning home from a four-week vacation in Europe. According to The Australian, Maree and Albert Rizk were among 28 Australians on flight MH17 when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
Reports say they tried to get on a different flight Thursday to avoid a long layover in Kuala Lumpur, but were unsuccessful.
Mann was too upset to speak to the media Friday, according to The Times. She has requested privacy.
"It's just ripped our guts again," Greg Burrows, Mann's brother, told reporters about the latest Malaysia Airlines tragedy. He said the second flight's incident is bringing everything back for their family. (Via The Guardian)
Mann lost her brother Rodd Burrows and his wife, Mary, a little more than four months ago when Flight MH370 disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean on March 8. They left behind three adult children. (Via Brisbane Times)