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Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014



Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014


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SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA TWO rows. Six children. And an unimaginable horror. Seated together in row 17 of doomed flight Malaysia Airlines MH17 were brother and sister Mo and Evie Maslin. Their loving grandfather, Nick Norris, was just one row behind with their younger brother Otis. Across the aisle, in row 19, were the van den Hende children Marnix, Margaux and Piers. The seating arrangements amplified the sad truth 83 of the 298 victims of MH17 were children, three of them babies. Many of them sitting alone without parents to hang on to, to explain what was happening. The incredibly high youth death toll amplified the horror of the day a terrorist missile took down a passenger airliner. The parents of the Maslin children, Rin Norris and Anthony Maslin, who had decided to stay longer in Amsterdam, were due to arrive home to Australia last night to share their grief with other family members. Entire families from other countries also died, including a Malaysian couple and their two babies. In Britain, people angry about the high number of children turned their anger on Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rebel groups blamed for the missile launch. For most of the 36 Australian victims aboard Flight MH17, their journeys from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had capped a series of dream European holidays. Seated at the front of the plane, travelling first class in row 1, seats F and G, real estate agent Albert Rizk and his wife Marie had just spent a month travelling around Europe and, according to a work colleague, had tried to change their flight at the last minute. Seated one row across, NSW couple Michael and Carol Clancy, from Kanahooka, south of Wollongong, were toasting retirement. Michael, 64, had recently ended a long stint as deputy principal at Albion Park Public School while Carol, 57, taught at Lakelands Public School and Fig Tree Public School. The couple marked their years as special-needs teachers with an extensive trip through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Norway. Carol Clancys devastated daughter Jane Malcolm said her mother and stepfather had opted for first-class tickets as Michael had struggled with back problems. I spoke to them at Sydney airport. They were excited about leaving a couple of weeks ago, Ms Malcolm said. Its really hard to imagine someone wanting to hurt them. Seated adjacent to them were Gerry and Mary Menke, a couple of pioneers of the abalone industry who were returning to their hometown in Mallacoota, Victoria. The pair had travelled to Europe to celebrate Mr Menkes 70th birthday, a trip they regularly made to escape the chilly Mallacoota winters. Also in Row 2, two Northern Territory victims, Theresa and Wayne Baker, who were aged 53 and 55 respectively. Parents to two sons in their 20s, the couple lived at Palmerston, just outside Darwin. Both Wayne and Theresa had worked for the NT Government. The couple was returning from a six-week holiday in Europe and had a two-day break planned in Kuala Lumpur before arriving back in Australia. A row back was Irish national Edel Mahady who was travelling solo after visiting her mother in Dublin. The mum-of-two from Palmerstown, Western Australia, leaves behind husband Dermot and two children, Conor and Ciara, both in their 20s. Several rows back from the first-class section was another Queensland couple, Albany Creeks Howard Horder and wife Susan, who had left for Europe a month ago. According to Howards brother Glenn, Howard had made an ominous joke about the risk of flying Malaysia Airlines following the disappearance of MH370. He jokingly said, Ive only paid for one way, Glenn Horder said. Thats the sort of person he was, quite the comedian. He said, I might not be coming back. Behind them, travelling alone in seat 16A, was a Catholic nun returning from a retreat in France. Sister Philomene Tiernan had worked as a teacher at Kincoppal-Rose Bay Catholic school. Alongside her was another solo traveller, Helena Sidelik, from Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. The 56-year-old Sidelik was returning from a wedding in Amsterdam and had emailed friends the previous night to say how much she was looking forward to coming home. Two rows behind Ms Sidelik and scattered across row 17 was the van den Hende family of five from Melton in outer Melbourne. Two rows back was 68-year-old grandfather Nick Norris and the Maslin children. In 32J was Sydneys Jack OBrien, who was returning from a seven-week European holiday. The life of our beloved son and brother, Jack, has been ended so suddenly, his family said last night. We are devastated at his loss, as are Jacks extended family and friends. He was loved so much. By AMY HARRIS Entire family lost in senseless tragedy A BEAUTIFUL young dancer whose smile would melt your heart, a dedicated swimmer who was at training at 4am, a handy soccer player, a devoted mum and a hardworking dad thats how friends describe each member of a Melbourne family who were tragically killed on Flight MH17. The van den Hende family Hans van den Hende, Shaliza Dewa, 45, and their sons Piers, 15, and Marnix, 12, and daughter Margaux, 8 were permanent Australian residents travelling on Dutch and Malaysian passports. The whole family has just disappeared out of the community, a friend said. They were due back today and theyre just not home. The community at Eynesbury, 40km west of Melbourne, was in mourning. The van den Hende family moved to Australia more than seven years ago when Hans started working at Securency. Liliane Derden, Canberra

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