Kaylene Mann, in a cruel twist of fate, lost family members in both Malaysia Airlines disasters this year — first in the March disappearance of Flight 370 and now in Thursday's MH17 downing in Ukraine.
Mann, of Australia, was still mourning the deaths of her brother and sister-in-law, Rod and Mary Burrows, when she learned that the Kuala Lumpur-bound plane her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was on Thursday was shot out of the sky by a missile.
"It's just brought everyone, everything back," Greg Burrows, Mann's brother, told The Associated Press.
"It's just ... ripped our guts again."
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Rizk and her husband, Albert, were reportedly on their way back to Australia after a monthlong European vacation Thursday when a Buk missile system took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board.
According to the Herald Sun, the Rizks reportedly tried to switch
flights to avoid a long layover in Kuala Lumpur, but were denied.
The horrible and tragic coincidence that Kaylene Mann is now dealing with drew sympathy from Twitter users.
"She just lost a brother and now a stepdaughter, so ..." Greg Burrows told the AP before trailing off.
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