A Greek man said on Sunday (10 March 2019) that being two minutes late for his flight saved his life.
In a Facebook post titled ‘my lucky day’, Antonis Mavropoulos explained how he was denied entry on board the plane as he was two minutes late for the flight.
“I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate in time,” he says in the post.
Although initially disgruntled, Mavropoulos later found out that it was a blessing in disguise.
He booked a later flight but was prevented from boarding by the airport staff.
“They led me to the police station of the airport. The officer told me not to protest but to pray to God because I was the only passenger that didn’t board the ET 302 flight that was lost,” Mavropoulos said in his post. Mavropoulos is the president of the International Solid Waste Foundation, a non-profit organisation. According to Athens News Agency, he was heading towards the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme.
The Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa. It was bound for Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.
The crash killed all 157 on board, which comprised of 35 nationalities and at least 22 employees working for UN-affliated employees.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane was the same one that crashed in Jakarta right after takeoff, with 187 killed. Numerous airlines have since grounded their Boeing 737 airplanes for safety reasons, with China ordering its airlines to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.