Maarten de Jonge, a 29-year-old professional Dutch cyclist, was scheduled to be on that flight but rescheduled at the last moment for the next Malaysia Airlines flight out. He said in March, "I could have taken that one just as easily. It's inconceivable. I am sorry for the passengers and their families."
But the story doesn't end there. Maarten de Jonge was also scheduled to be on the doomed flight MH 17, which ultimately crashed on the 17th of July, but again exchanged his ticket at the last moment for a later flight. He said, "What has happened is terrible, so many victims, that's a horrible thing. My story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery in which so many people paid." Asked if he still plans to travel on Malaysia Airlines, he said, "Yes, I got lucky twice; it will go well a third time!"