Biloela couple not holding high hopes for family on flight

Phoenix International personnel, Mike Unzicker (L) and Chris Minor deploy the towed pinger locator off the deck of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the first search for the missing flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, in the Indian Ocean.
Phoenix International personnel, Mike Unzicker (L) and Chris Minor deploy the towed pinger locator off the deck of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the first search for the missing flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, in the Indian Ocean. EPALSIS

THE Burrows family has ridden a rollercoaster of emotion over the past month and are reluctant to get their hopes up about the latest development in the search for missing flight MH370.

The reported "pings" detected in the Indian Ocean have sounded new hope in the search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which disappeared without trace on March 8.

Among the 239 people on board the plane were Biloela-born Rodney Burrows and his wife Mary, who were about to embark on their first holiday to China.

Each day dawns with the promise of some resolution but ends in disappointment for Rodney's family, who are desperate for answers.

"We are waiting to see what comes out of this but we don't want to build our hopes up too much," Rodney's mum Irene said yesterday.

"We've been up and then we're down again.

"We just hope it is something but who's to know. It's a big ocean out there."

Irene and husband George were heartened by the incredible support they received at a special service for Rodney and Mary held in Biloela on Friday.

More than 200 people turned out to pay their respects and celebrate the couple at St Joseph's Catholic Church.

"It was a lovely service," Irene said. "There were friends, old and new. People we hadn't seen for many years came along."

Irene's nephew Geoff Maynard and family friend John Wessling told the life stories of Rodney and Mary, who married in 1985 and had three children.


Australian navy ship Ocean Shield has picked up two more acoustic signals in the northern part of the search zone in the Indian Ocean.

This follows reports on Sunday that two acoustic signals had been picked up by Chinese ship Haixun 01 using hydrophones, while Ocean Shield had detected a signal in a different part of the search zone.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard vanished on March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Its disappearance triggered an international search that started in the South China Sea before shifting to the Indian Ocean.

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