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Man avoids boarding 2 doomed Malaysia Airlines flights

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A man books tickets for two doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, but didn’t get on either flight. (Source: MaartenDeJonge.com/CNN) A man books tickets for two doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, but didn’t get on either flight. (Source: MaartenDeJonge.com/CNN)
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(CNN) – The Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine was shot down with 298 people on board. The flight from Kuala Lumpur in March disappeared with 239 passengers, and in each instance, one man was missing.

Dutch Cyclist Maarten DeJonge was supposed to be on both planes, but both times changed his tickets.

Most recently, he was headed to a race in Taiwan, but wanted to avoid a layover.

He posted on his website, “How happy I am for myself and my family that I was on this flight and did not take it the last moment; my story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery…attention should be paid to the victims and survivors. Wishing everyone affected by this disaster a lot of strength.”

Similar stories have appeared since the news of this most recent tragedy broke.

Izzy Sim, her husband and her child were all supposed to be on the flight over Ukraine.

“I’m shaking. I don’t even know what to do. I’m feeling physically sick,” Sim said. “I’m just thinking that I feel like I’ve been given a second chance.”

Yet, there were others who boarded just as casually unaware of what would follow. Kaylene Mann lost relatives on both Malaysia Airlines flights.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families around the world who are going through just unimaginable grief,” President Barack Obama said on Monday.

As families wait to recover the bodies of their lost ones, DeJonge said he still plans to board Malaysia Airlines for his next flight, saying despite his close calls that “I got lucky twice, it will go well a third time.”

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