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Missing plane: Mother of Brisbane man wants answers

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Brisbane couple Rodney and Mary Burrows.

Brisbane couple Rodney and Mary Burrows.

The mother of a Brisbane man aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is struggling to comprehend her loss.

Rod and Mary Burrows were travelling with long-time friends Cathy and Bob Lawton, 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 fast.’’

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 parents.

On Tuesday, the Burrows family released a statement saying they were bracing “for the worst” as they awaited updates on MH370’s disappearance.

‘‘Our family appreciate all the well wishes and prayers but we ask for privacy and request that our wish for family solitude be respected during this extremely heart-wrenching time,’’ the family said.

There was also a Sydney couple on the plane, Yuan Li and Naijun Gu.

On Wednesday morning, authorities were yet to find the Boeing aircraft which had 239 people on board.

However it was reported that Malaysia’s military had tracked the missing plane to the Straits of Malacca, far from the area where investigators initially believed it vanished.

AAP with Kristian Silva

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