|Photo: Maarten de Jong / Twitter|
Mr de Jong was due to travel on both of these flights but for some reason changed his plans both times.
Maarten is a cyclist with Malaysia's Terenggany cycling team. He actually cancelled his seat on MH17 to save money by transferring to a cheaper flight. He also escaped death on the MH370 because he decided to again exchange his ticket, this time for an earlier flight.
He said of his good fortune, "How happy I am for myself and my family. Though my story is nothing, attention should be paid to the victims."
There was another similar case too. Gert Jansen and his family were turned away from boarding MH17 at Schiphol Airport because it was over booked. He said, "All those faces of people with whom we stood in line, are etched in my memory."
It does make you wonder about fate and the things we may have committed to do in this life.
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