The Associated Press is reporting on a story that can only be described as an almost incomprehensible twist of fate: an Australian woman named Kaylene Mann lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and on Friday learned that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine yesterday.
Mann’s brother Rod Burrows, and sister-in-law Mary Burrows, were on board Flight 370 when it vanished in March. With no word as to why the first plane disappeared, few friends and relatives have found closure with that situation. Now, making matters worse, Mann found out that her stepdaughter Maree Rizk was killed along with 297 others on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; Rizk and her husband Albert, of Melbourne, were returning home from a four-week holiday in Europe.
Adding to the tragic news, it’s been revealed that at least 80 children are believed to have been on board the jet.
U.S. intelligence authorities believe this plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Both Ukrainian officials and Russian separatists are denying that they had anything to do with the tragedy; however, the Ukrainian government has released a video that allegedly proves Russian involvement. See the video report below for that footage.
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UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting After Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight Over Ukraine
The Malaysia Airlines flight was on a route approved by air transportation officials, making the tragedy even more confusing. Since the attack, airlines are now avoiding Ukraine airspace, and the U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting Friday morning. The video below offers an in-depth look at where the investigation is currently at.