The Burrows from Biloela have barely recovered from their March 8 loss, and now two more losses in the family involving the same airlines.
Irene and George Burrows' son Rodney and his wife Mary vanished together with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 this March, leaving their family in grief.
But just a few months later, the couple from Biloela in Queensland State took another blow, with their step-granddaughter, Maree Rizk, and her husband Albert being among the passengers of the crashed MH17 flight.
The Rizks were on their way home to Sunbury near Melboune on the plane that had Kuala Lumpur as its stopover but was shut down by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine.
"They were beautiful people and we loved them dearly. Hopefully it was quick for them," a neighbour, who did not want to be named, told reporters at the time.
No trace has ever been found of MH370 which is thought to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.
The twin tragedies suffered by the Burrows only added to the recreation of another aviation drama as families and relatives mourn the loss of more loved ones, although for the kin of MH 17, death is 100 per cent sure unlike the case for passengers of MH 370 who unsure what is the real fate of their relatives and friends unless the missing jet is finally found.
If the 230 and 298 or total 537 passengers and crew of the two Malaysian Airline planes happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, including participants joining an AIDS forum, there are some people who were not at the wrong place at the right time.
The list includes Barry Sim and wife Izzy who were supposed to be aboard MH 17 but changed flights at the last minute and instead rode a KLM flight that spared their lives.
Most likely, the Sums would not buy another Malaysian Airlines ticket for lack of trust or perhaps lack of flight as analysts warn that the air carrier may have its wings slipped by lack of passengers who would still trust their lives to the embattled air carrier.