Man who missed Ethiopian Airlines flight shares emotional post

Man who missed Ethiopian Airlines flight shares

The flight crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board.
Mavropoulos says he was transferred to the next flight to Nairobi but was later told he was unable to board because security wanted to talk with him after discovering the plane had lost contact.
A security staff member “told me gently not to protest and say thank you to God, because I am the only passenger who did not enter the flight,” Mavropoulos wrote.
The ill-fated flight was packed with humanitarian workers and international experts, many of whom were bound for a major United Nations environmental summit in the Kenyan capital.
Mavropoulos wrote that he texted friends in Nairobi trying to get news of the plane, before eventually receiving a message from a friend in Greece confirming the news.
“I collapsed because then I realized how lucky I was,” he wrote.
Ethiopian Airlines said passengers from at least 35 countries were on the flight.
MAX 8 jet, which was also involved in the Lion Air crash that killed 189 people last October.
“At this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” Charlie Miller, Boeing’s vice president of communications, said in a statement.
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