NEWS: 52 deaths highlight impact of recent air disasters on Australia

In the last 17 months, 52 Australians have been killed in air disasters.

People sign the memorial book, lay flower and light the candle in memory of the victims of MH17 passengers. Amsterdam International Airport (Schiphol), 21 July 2014. (Pejman Akbarzadeh / Persian Dutch Network)

2015 March 25: France: A Victorian woman and her adult son are among 150 people killed when Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashes in the French Alps en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

2014 July 17: Ukraine: 38 Australians among 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is shot down over a rebel-held area of Eastern Ukraine.

2014 March 8: Location unknown: Six Australians among 239 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanishes en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

2013 October 16: Laos: Six Australians among 49 killed when Lao Airlines flight QV301 crashes while trying to land during a storm at Pakse International Airport.

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