Australia’s mining industry has been touched by the tragedy of downed flight MH17, with the untimely loss of the children of Buxton Resources managing director Anthony Maslin.
Buxton announced today that Maslin would take personal leave for an indefinite period.
Day-to-day operations of the company will be handled by chairman Seamus Cornelius and other members of the board and company officers.
Maslin’s children, 10 year-old Evie, 12 year-old Mo and 8 year-old Otis were travelling with their 68 year-old grandfather Nick Norris on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 when the Boing 777 was shot down by Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists.
The family had been visiting with relatives in the Netherlands, and were due to arrive in Perth on Friday, ready to start the new school term today.
Parents Maslin and Rin Norris had chosen to stay on in Amsterdam a few days longer.