Shocked couple visibly shaken after missing MH17

2014-07-18 09:28

WATCH: Couple who missed stricken Malaysia Airlines flight visibly shaken

2014-07-18 09:10

A Scottish couple cannot believe how they cheated death by missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which involved in an alleged terror attack over the Ukraine. WATCH

The Hague – A Scottish couple say that it feels like they’ve been given a second chance after missing the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on Thursday. reports that Barry and Izzy Sim who were travelling to Kuala Lumpur with their baby were forced to rebook a later flight aboard KLM when they found out MH17 was full.  

It was during their taxi ride to the airport that they found out that the Malaysia Airlines flight they were meant to board had been shot down on the Russia-Ukraine border, killing all 298 people aboard.  

“I’m completely shaken. I don’t even know what to do. I feel physically sick,” Izzy told Reuters in a video interview.  

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“I was just thinking that I feel like I’ve been given a second chance. So hopefully we’ll get there safely and I’ll get to see my family again,” she said tearfully.  

Barry said that while he didn’t feel nervous about boarding their next flight, because he believes that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same spot, Izzy was worried about the danger of another crash.  

Also see: Long haul flight delays as planes re-route to avoid Ukraine airspace. 

Also see: SA man killed on flight MH17

While they escaped disaster, a Dutch man’s attempt at dark humour turned out to be strangely prophetic when he posted a picture of the Malaysia Airlines flight he was about to board on Facebook.  

The Telegraph reports that Cor Pan was heading to Kuala Lumpur for a holiday with his girlfriend Neeltje Tol.  

Just before boarding the aircraft he whipped out his phone, took a photograph and posted it to the social media network with the caption:“If the plane disappears, this is what it looks like.”

Friends and family responded, wishing him a safe trip and a good holiday. 

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