‘By the grace of God we missed our flight to China’

Two persons' initial frustration over missing their flight from KL to Beijing has turned into more than just a feeling of relief – flight MH370 has gone missing

WAITING FOR NEWS. A possible relative cries at the Beijing Airport after news of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane in Beijing on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

MANILA, Philippines – The initial frustration over missing a flight has turned into more than just a feeling of relief.

Based on a Twitter conversation, two passengers apparently missed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that left Kuala Lumpur past midnight Saturday, March 8, and which was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am local time (2230 GMT Friday).

The Boeing 777-200 – carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers, including two infants, of 14 different nationalities – disappeared at 2:40 am local time (1840 GMT Friday), about two hours after leaving the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The man exchanging tweets with a friend said he and another friend missed their flight – a fortuitous turn of events that saved their lives. Tweets from user @KaidenDL showed the series of events that led to their escape from the ill-fated plane.

Twitter user @KaidenDL initially expressed anger at missing their flight bound for China. A friend had gotten sick and he had to cover for her work. But after news broke of the missing plane, their mistake turned out to have been a life-changing one.

“I was very angry at Ria, because she’d gotten sick and I had to cover her. I was working on that, missed my flight to China. Grew angrier,” he tweeted.

“By the Grace of God we missed our flight to China. I am okay, as is Rory, my companion,” he added. “Now Rory and I shake. But for the Grace of God we’d be on that flight. Damn my ego.”

The incident has triggered a Southeast Asia search for the plane, with Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines sending vessels to their respective waters where the plane could have crashed. – Rappler.com

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