Family hurt by rush to ‘cash in’ on missing Malaysian flight

Irene and George Burrows
Irene and George Burrows

IT IS not even three months since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared but already a book has been published and a movie is in the works.

For Biloela's Irene Burrows, whose son Rodney and his wife Mary were on the ill-fated plane, it is insensitive and inappropriate.

"I think it is all in very poor taste," she said yesterday.

"There is no end to it yet, is there? There is no story - it just disappeared."

The book - Flight MH370: The Mystery - by author and journalist Nigel Cawthorne went on sale on Monday.

The movie, The Vanishing Act, was reportedly being promoted to buyers at Cannes Film Festival and could be in theatres within months.

The idea that people want to cash in on the tragedy has shocked the Burrows family, who are still waiting for answers.

Exhaustive searches have failed to find any sign of the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, which disappeared from radars en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

Rodney and Mary were about to embark on their first holiday to China.

BELOVED PAIR: Rodney and Mary Burrows in December 2013.
BELOVED PAIR: Rodney and Mary Burrows in December 2013. Contributed

Irene said emotions were "still very raw".

Her sentiments were echoed by her daughter-in-law Sandra, who said the sadness could overwhelm her when she least expected it.

"I'll be quite okay for a few days and then there will be some little thing, someone will say something, and you are back to square one," she said.

Sandra said not knowing the fate of the plane was prolonging the agony for the family.

"There are a host of different theories that people are coming up with now.

"There is still nothing concrete whatsoever.

"We just want something... that's all we need."

Topics:  malaysian airlines mh370

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