Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says at least nine Queenslanders are believed to be among the 28 Australians killed in the Ukraine plane disaster.
A Toowoomba couple, both highly respected doctors, have been confirmed among the 28 Australian victims of the Ukraine plane disaster.
The nine Queenslanders among the dead include Toowoomba Hospital director of pathology Roger Guard and his wife, Jill, a GP in the Darling Downs city.
A Gold Coast woman returning home from a friend’s European wedding is also believed to be among the MH17 victims. She is reported to be Burleigh local Helena Sidelik.
It’s also believed two retirees from the Sunshine Coast and four people from the inner-west suburb of Indooroopilly were on the flight.
A couple from the central Queensland town of Biloela have reportedly been struck by both Malaysia Airlines tragedies.
Irene and George Burrows’ son Rodney Burrows and daughter-in-law Mary were on board the ill-fated MH370 flight that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers and crew.
Several media reports say the couple’s step granddaughter Maree Rizk and her husband Albert, from Victoria, were returning home on flight MH17 from a European holiday.
Dr Guard and his wife were said to be on their way back to Australia after attending a medical conference and holidaying overseas.
Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio says the loss will be felt throughout the Darling Downs.
“Dr Guard was one of the best. He was an outstanding doctor and was well known as a great member of the community,” he told AAP.
“I’m saddened by the lost of him and his wife and my thoughts go out to their family.”
Queensland Health director-general Ian Maynard said Dr Guard was a highly regarded and respected pathologist who had worked for the department since 1970.
“Dr Guard’s dedication, professionalism and strength of character meant his colleagues held him in the highest of regard,” he said in a statement.
Dr Guard oversaw laboratories in the Warwick, Dalby, Roma, Charleville and Longreach districts. He had also worked in Cairns and assisted the Queensland Coroner.
Almost 300 people died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. The jet is believed to have been hit by a surface-to-air missile.
Premier Campbell Newman said it was hard not to get emotional over the tragedy.
“Today, as far as I’m concerned, is about families, friends and communities of Queensland that are affected,” Mr Newman said.
The premier’s daughters both recently travelled the same path as MH17, one just 18 hours before the disaster.
Brisbane will host the G20 summit in November, with Russian President Vladimir Putin expected among the world leaders attending.
Mr Newman would not be drawn on whether Mr Putin should be excluded if Russia is discovered to have provided the weapons to rebels that caused the disaster.