Among the many tragic stories from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is the deaths of 68-year-old Nick Norris and his three young grandchildren.
Norris was on the flight with 12-year-old Mo, 10-year-old Evie, and 8-year-old Otis Maslin, accompanying them back to their home in West Australia after a family vacation in Amsterdam. The siblings’ parents, Rin Norris and Anthony Maslin, planned to stay in Amsterdam for a few days, while the children had to return to school.
The parents were notified of the news while still in Amsterdam. “They were the most incredible kids, well beyond their years in many aspects,” the children’s uncle Brack Norris told the Herald Sun. “We will miss them all so terribly.”
Those are just four of the 298 confirmed passengers on board the flight that was allegedly shot down yesterday. According to the Associated Press, one Australian woman had ties to victims of both yesterday’s tragedy as well as the missing MH-370 flight earlier this year. Her stepdaughter was a passenger on MH-17, and her brother and sister-in-law were passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing in March. Reports also surfaced yesterday that a number of top AIDS researchers were on board yesterday’s downed plane.