The elderly mother of a Brisbane couple aboard the missing
Malaysia Airlines plane is struggling to comprehend her loss.
Rod and Mary Burrows were on a trip of a lifetime with their
long-time friends Cathy and Bob Lawnton, when the plane
disappeared from radar over the South China Sea on Saturday.
Mr Burrows' mother Irene Burrows, who lives in Biloela in
central Queensland, says the family is struggling to deal
with what has happened and she's praying for a miracle.
"Nobody can believe that this has happened. This happens to
other people, not to the likes of us who have a son and a
daughter on a plane that wouldn't hurt or harm anybody and
were just a loving couple," she told ABC radio.
"Why was it that plane? There's thousands up there a day."
Mrs Burrows has told how her son and daughter-in-law were so
excited about the impending birth of their first grandchild.
"Rodney was really looking forward to that ... his first
grandchild," Mrs Burrows told The Morning Bulletin.
"If we could just find the plane ... we would have some
satisfaction. There is always hope - but it is fading very
Rodney and Mary Burrows have three adult children.
Mrs Burrows said her grandchildren have been in regular
contact with the Foreign Affairs Department and Malaysia
Airlines, desperate for any news about the fate of their