THREE FILIPINOS - MOTHER, SON AND DAUGHTER , WERE ON BOARD SHATTERED PLANE!
Three Filipinos, a mother, her son and daughter, were among the civilian passengers on board a Malaysian airplane blown up into pieces in midair by a Russian rocket missile while flying over eastern Ukraine, yesterday.
The plane, a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777, was carrying 298 people including 15 crew members, bursted into bits after being hit by a missile, the horrific scene sending shock wave and horror to the international community. All people on board were instantly killed, with their bodies falling from the sky, witnesses said. World leaders expressed anger and grief over the tragic incident.
The three Filipinos were later identified by authorities as Irene Gunawan, 54, her daughter Sherryl Shania Gunawan, 20, and her son Darryl Dwight Gunawan, 15 years old.
The plane was traveling from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when shot down near the Russia-Ukraine border.
This is the second major tragedy involving a Malaysian Airline plane, with another Boeing 777 went missing into the Indian ocean last March.
In the Ukraine incident, initial reports say it was the pro-Russian militia who shot down the plane Thursday (17 July 2104), with a surface-to-air missile. The Russian separatists have mistaken the passenger plane as a Ukrainian enemy plane. Russia and Ukraine are at war, following Russia's invasion of Crimea, a region inside Ukraine, also last March. Russia and Ukraine have a long history of conflict.
Of the passengers aboard the shattered plane, 154 were Dutch, 27 were Australian, 23 others were from Malaysia, 11 were Indonesian, six were British, four were German, another four were from Belgium, three from the Philippines and one was Canadian.
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