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  • 18 July 2014, 16:44

Double Malaysia Airlines Tragedy For Oz Family

A woman who lost her brother and sister-in-law in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has discovered her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.

Kaylene Mann's brother Rob Burrows was on board the aircraft with his wife when it went missing in March.

She has now learned that her stepdaughter Maree Rizk was killed along with 297 others on MH17, which crashed on Thursday.

US intelligence agencies believe it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

Ms Mann's brother Greg said: "It's just brought everyone, everything back.

"It's just ripped our guts again.

"She (Ms Mann) just lost a brother and now a stepdaughter."

Mr Burrows added he did not blame Malaysia Airlines: "Nobody could predict they were going to get shot down. That was out of their hands."

Maree Rizk was returning home after a four-week holiday in Europe with her husband Albert, who also died.

The family - from Melbourne, Australia - were heavily involved with local side Sunbury Football Club.

Club president Phil Lithgow said: "They were very lovely people.

"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."

Club members are due to wear black armbands and observe a short silence at their game on Saturday.

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