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A man and three of his grandchildren were returning to Perth from a family holiday when they died on board the Malaysian Airlines jet that was shot down over Ukraine.
Nick Norris, 68, and the three youngsters were among seven West Australians who perished when a surface-to-air missile hit the plane, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it came down in rebel-held territory near Ukraine's border with Russia.
Mr Norris's son, Brack, 24, said his father had been accompanying the children; Mo, Evie, and Otis Maslin aged 12, 10 and 8 respectively, home.
Their parents had remained in Amsterdam for a few more days but Mr Norris was bringing the children home to return to school.
Brack Norris described the situation as "surreal" and thought it was "ridiculous" when a sister called from Sydney earlier today to tell him the plane had been shot down.
Source: scribd.com, news.lv
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17.07.2014 | Malaysian Boeing 777 MH17 shot down
According to Doneck terrorist leader Girkin (Strelkov) tweets, plane was hit down by his men. As it was announced before on 29/6/2014 terrorists occupied Ukrainian air defence unit near Ukraine border and have anti-air systems, including BUK (SA-11 Gadfly). Rocket was launched from cossacks' ataman Kozytsin positions. According to some experts, Russian aircraft with Russian tourists was expected to be shot down, to back further wide-scale Russian invasion in Ukraine after Crimea and East Ukraine