Family gathers as flight mystery continues
THE parents of a passenger on board the missing Malaysian Airline flight have travelled from their Central Queensland home to Brisbane to be with family.
Biloela's Irene and George Burrows arrived in Brisbane yesterday morning as the search continued for the plane on which their eldest son Rodney and his wife Mary were passengers.
The ill-fated flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar screens early on Saturday. No distress call was issued and no wreckage of the plane has been found.
Rodney and Mary were bound for their first holiday in China, a three-week adventure that was 12 months in the planning. They were travelling with another Brisbane couple, long-time friends Bob and Cathy Lawton.
Rodney's brother Greg, who is from Thangool near Biloela, said that he and his wife Sandra and their family were heading to Brisbane today.
He said Rodney and Mary's three adult children - Jayden, Karla and Melia - wanted the family to be together. "The three children were asking for grandma and granddad," Greg said yesterday. "They've always looked up to their grandparents and they wanted them down there. When mum and dad decided they were going, we decided we would follow."
The Burrows family, like the international authorities, are at a loss to explain the plane's disappearance.
"We have no idea," Greg said. "The media has as much idea as we have at the moment. It's just so hard."
Rodney and Mary's children had been contacted by the Foreign Affairs Department and Malaysia Airlines. If any trace of the plane was found, Greg said he and his brother Paul and Jayden would fly overseas.