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March 14, 2019

'My Lucky Day': The Only Person Left after Ethiopian Airlines Tragedy Shared Touching Thoughts

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A man named Antonis Mavropoulos, who missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight, shared his experience in an emotional Facebook post he titled, “My Lucky Day."

Mavropoulos, from Greece, posted the photo of the ticket from the Ethiopian Airlines flight, which took off from Addis Ababa recently and crashed around six minutes after the departure. The horrendous incident killed 157 people on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane.

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The security then told him not to complain and rather be grateful because he's the only passenger who didn't enter the flight.

In his post, Mavropoulos opened up about how he arrived at the gate only minutes after it was shut. 

"When I arrived, boarding was closed and I watched the last passengers in (the) tunnel go in. I screamed to put me in but they didn't allow it," he wrote.

Mavropoulos explained that he was rebooked to Nairobi, where the flight was going. However, the security halted him a couple of hours later while he was waiting for the plane because they wanted to talk to him.

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The security didn't give him a chance to board the next flight. He said he was very upset.

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The security then told him not to complain and rather be grateful because he's the only passenger who didn't enter the flight.

When Mavropoulos messaged his companions in Greece to get news of the plane, they informed him what had occurred. 

"I collapsed because then I realized how lucky I was," he wrote. "I'm posting because I want to tell everyone that the invisible threads of luck — the unplanned circumstances — knit the web of which our life is caught on."

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Mavropoulos continued: "There are millions of small threads that we usually never feel — but if one breaks that whole web unwinds instantaneously."

According to Ethiopian Airlines, passengers from at least 35 countries were on the flight.

The crash has prompted inquiries regarding Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 airplane, which was also associated in the Lion Air plane crash that killed each of the 189 passengers and crew less than five months ago.

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