Greek Man Spared from Ethiopian Airlines by Being Two Minutes Late
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 with 157 passengers and crew on board, crashed Sunday, March 10 merely minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa.
On Sunday, Greek national Antonis Mavropoulos said on a Facebook post that he would have been the Nairobi-bound flight’s 150th passenger. Only, he arrived two minutes late for his flight. The Boeing plane that crashed killed everyone on board, including an entire corps of humanitarian aid experts and workers.
‘My Lucky Day’
Mavropoulos, posted a photo of his ticket, with the title “My lucky day.” In the caption, he said: “I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time.”
According to Athens News Agency, Mavropoulos, who is president of not-for-profit organization International Solid Waste Association, was supposed to travel to Nairobi as part of the annual assembly of the UN Environment Program.
He was set to board the plane but reached the departure gate a couple of minutes after it was closed. He then booked a later flight, but was barred by the airport staff from boarding.
Instead, the staff led him to the airport’s police station. Mavropoulos admits to being shocked after learning of the fate of his supposed-to-be flight: “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.”
As it turns out, the airport authorities invited Mavropoulos to their office for questioning, being the only passenger who wasn’t on board, despite being booked onto the doomed flight.
The airport authorities explained that they wanted to question him because he was the only passenger booked onto the doomed flight who wasn’t on board. “They said they couldn’t let me go before cross-checking my identity, the reason I hadn’t boarded the plane etc.”
The passengers – which represented at least 35 nationalities — were on board the Boeing 737 Max, a new offering in Boeing’s single-aisle segment.