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Three Singapore Students Missed MH17 Flight Due to Booking Issues
Channel NewsAsia ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Faris Mokhtar

Posted on 07/19/2014 1:18:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Three undergraduates from Singapore are relieved they were not on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine after being allegedly shot down by militants.

The Boeing 777 came down in cornfields in the separatist-held region on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board on Thursday (July 17).

In April, 23-year-old Nicholas Ng and his two friends had booked a return ticket to Europe through a travel agency.

But the National University of Singapore student's booking was cancelled after he missed the deadline to submit the required documents, such as his passport details. His friends also cancelled their bookings as they had planned to travel together.

If all had gone well with their bookings, the three would have been on MH17.

Nicholas said: "I'm still in shock, so I guess moving forward, this reminds us on how fragile our life is, and how things around the world could just happen and a lot of lives can be changed just like that, just really fast."

He and his friends subsequently booked a flight on KLM Royal Dutch airlines. Nicholas returned to Singapore on Thursday.

"My parents called me up, immediately called me up, (they asked) wasn't this the flight you booked? It was just a lot of well wishes of being lucky and everything,” he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mh17; russia; singapore; travel; ukraine

1 posted on 07/19/2014 1:18:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

According to the movie, they are only going to die worse deaths in the next few months.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 1:21:36 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: nickcarraway

Good time to buy MH stock..


3 posted on 07/19/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: ansel12

Was looking for a Final Destination reference as soon as I saw the headline...


4 posted on 07/19/2014 1:25:53 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Have we crossed the line from Govt. in righteous fear of the People - to a People in fear of Govt??)
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To: nickcarraway

I worked in an office with a guy (we worked for different firms), a pretty prominent guy and he traveled to Europe fairly often. He was supposed to be on that flight (to England I think it was) that went down off the coast of Canada (many think the Muslim co-pilot downed it on purpose, but I don’t know if that was ever really established as fact).

In fact, for whatever reason, he kept changing his mind. Book me, cancel me, book me, cancel me.

He was very lucky he stopped when he did.


5 posted on 07/19/2014 2:04:36 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

I missed a connector flight last month and the thought ran through my head of “what if something happens to the plane I was supposed to be on.” Thankfully it arrived at its destination without incident.

These guys are stoked to have missed the flight. (I know, Captain Obvious comment)


6 posted on 07/19/2014 2:36:08 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: ansel12
According to the movie, they are only going to die worse deaths in the next few months.

...unless they can come up with three difficult births to compensate for the soul balance, if I remember correctly.

7 posted on 07/19/2014 2:46:00 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: jocon307

I had a neighbor that was supposed to be on Pan Am flight 007 that blew up over Lockerbie, but for reasons I won’t go into, he came home early.


8 posted on 07/19/2014 3:17:44 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: cardinal4

Get it framed and hang it; they’ll go the ‘Pan Am route’ in less than a year.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 3:20:22 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: nickcarraway

The story does not make sense. It says they booked a retun ticket to the Netherlands. The plane was going in the other direction as per this article.

“Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was carrying 283 passengers of different nationalities and 15 crew when it crashed in Ukraine.

The Boeing 777 jet left Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Netherlands time) on Thursday and was to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10am (Malaysian time) on Friday. “

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/ukraine-authorities/1272552.html

It appears to me to be a bogus story.


10 posted on 07/19/2014 3:31:01 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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A friend of ours was booked on Pan Am 103, but missed the flight. His family did not know he wasn’t on it when it went down.


11 posted on 07/19/2014 4:28:24 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Tea: A beverage best served cold. With RINO meat.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Yes near misses. By the will of God. I had a friend who, years ago, in Greece or somewhere, didn’t make a train. It got bombed by some terrorists.


12 posted on 07/19/2014 5:26:43 PM PDT by jocon307
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