GRIEF STRUCK: Angela and Robert Turnbull at home after hearing about the loss of their daughter and son-in-law in the air disaster.
GRIEF STRUCK: Angela and Robert Turnbull at home after hearing about the loss of their daughter and son-in-law in the air disaster. John Mccutcheon

Mum can’t believe her daughter was on plane

ANGELA Turnbull talks about her daughter Theresa's travel plans with tears welling in her eyes.

She and her husband Robert, from Buddina, are still coming to grips with losing their daughter Theresa and son-in-law Wayne Baker on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Friday.

"Yesterday (Friday) was a bit of a blur, had a few beers and get it out of your mind but after today it will sink in more," Robert said.

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The last time they spoke to Theresa was last Saturday, when she was preparing to begin flying home from a European getaway.

"She was very happy, she was coming home to hook up the campervan to do the next leg," Angela said, fighting back tears.

"They had a lovely time and she was happy. So that's the main thing."

Theresa and Wayne Baker lost their lives in the atrocity.
Theresa and Wayne Baker lost their lives in the atrocity.

Being avid travellers, it's not something they ever thought would happen.

"Not to us anyway," Robert said.

"My second daughter's over in Thailand and she rang up to find out what flight Theresa and Wayne were on," Angela said.

"I looked up the itinerary and it was that flight, so she said 'look at the TV'. I hadn't seen the TV, I was out playing bowls and that's when we realised they were on that flight. That was the end. There was no one left alive. Sad but true.

"These are innocent people that just wanted to get home for goodness sake after having a good holiday."

Theresa and Wayne had been married for 35 years and both worked for the government in the Northern Territory.

Wayne retired three years ago and as of March, Theresa was semi-retired and the pair embarked on a travelling adventure.

"They went to Bali and Phuket for six weeks' holiday, then they came home for a couple of days and then they took off and went to Europe," Angela said.

"They were on their way home from Europe, having two nights at Kuala Lumpur and then flying home and they were going to hook up the campervan and travel around Australia.

"That was their life plan and unfortunately that's not going to happen."

Theresa, 52 and Wayne, 55, had two sons, aged 27 and 25, who also lived in Darwin.

"It's a bit of a shock to them. They don't know what to do," Angela said.



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