Brisbane couples among passengers on MH370

Two Brisbane couples and another two Australians are among 239 people feared dead after a Malaysia Airlines flight went missing en route to Beijing.

Contact with flight MH370 was lost about two hours after the Boeing 777-200 took off from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning (AEDT).
A major search and rescue operation was trying to locate the missing aircraft, which initial reports suggest may have perished about 220km off the Vietnam coast.
Aviation experts have expressed bewilderment at the aircraft's fate.
Online flight data suggested the aircraft may have experienced a very rapid loss of height and change of direction prior to slipping off the radar.
Authorities hold little hope for those onboard.
The plane was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew of 14 nationalities.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370," Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a press conference.
Australians Catherine and Robert Lawton are among those missing. Photo: Facebook

The missing Australians were Mary and Rodney Burrows and Catherine and Robert Lawton, all from Brisbane. The two couples were reportedly travelling together.

Li Yuan and Gu Naijun, believed to be from Sydney, were also missing.
Two New Zealanders were also aboard the flight.
In Queensland, the Lawtons are being described as passionate travellers who doted on their three daughters and two grandchildren.
"Bobby's a very good father, such a good person," Robert Lawton's brother David Lawton told News Corp.
Queenslanders Rodney and Mary Burrows were on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Queensland Police Service

His wife Rhonda said the couple, in their mid-50s, had planned the trip to China with their good friends the Burrows.

"Cathy's last comment on Facebook was `Off to China'," she said.
In Middle Park, neighbours Mandy Watt and Don Stokes said the Burrows were hard-working parents of two adult daughters and a son, and had downsized just a fortnight ago.
"The kids had moved on ... they're all successful, all happy. This was their time," Mrs Watt told News Corp.
"I hate to use the cliche but they were soulmates."
Mr Stokes said Mr Burrows planned the overseas trip after being made redundant last year.
Australians used social media sites to express hope for all the passengers' survival.

"Praying for a miracle," one person wrote.
The 227 passengers included 152 Chinese and one infant, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, three passengers and an infant from the US, three French, two each from Ukraine and Canada and one each from Russia, Italy, Taiwan, The Netherlands and Austria.
Australian authorities said they "feared the worst" for all aboard flight MH370.
"Consular officials are currently in touch with Malaysian Airlines and with the families of the missing Australian passengers," Senator Brett Mason, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, told reporters in Sydney.
"At the moment there is no clarity as to what has occurred.

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