Antonis Mavropoulos who was meant to be a passenger on doomed Ethiopian Airlines that crashed (and killed all 157 occupants) pens ‘My lucky day’ Facebook post describing escape.
An airline passenger who was meant to have been on the doomed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing plane which crashed and killed all 157 individuals moments after having taken off Addis Ababa has said he was ‘mad’ when he arrived at the departure gate only to be told that it had been closed two minutes earlier.
‘I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time,’ Greek national, Antonis Mavropoulos said in a Facebook post entitled ‘My lucky day’ in which he includes a photo of his ticket.
Mavropoulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association, a non-profit organization, was traveling to Nairobi to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Program, according to Athens News Agency.
He was supposed to board the plane but he reached the departure gate just two minutes after it was closed.
“I saw the last passengers going through, but the gate had already closed. I complained, in the usual way when that kind of thing happens. But they were very kind and placed me on another flight,” Antonis Mavropoulos told Greece’s private Skai Television. https://t.co/eJmDugp3Bv
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Antonis Mavropoulos becomes a potential suspect:
Having missed his flight, Mavropoulos booked a later flight only to find himself being prevented from boarding by airport staff.
‘They led me to the police station of the airport. 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,’ Mavropoulos said in his post in which he admits being in shock.
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 Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa.
People holding passports from more than 30 countries were on board including a number of UN workers.
State-owned Ethiopian Airline had taken delivery of the Boeing 737-800 MAX plane on November 15. It was of the same type as a plane that crashed in October after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
Antonis Mavropoulos is the only survivor on flight et 302, Ethiopian Airline which crashed yesterday, with all 157 persons on board not surviving. What saved him was his 2 mins late arrival. JESUS Works! News Credit: His Facebook page. @FoxNews @BBCBreaking @CNN pic.twitter.com/eDWUJwrtpC
— Lavi Ernest Lincoln (@LaviWorld) March 11, 2019
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