A Greek passenger has hold of how he was saved from being one of the casualties in the Ethiopian plane crash.Antonis Mavropoulos, a Greek man, has narrated how he would have been killed alongside other 149 passengers aboard the crashed Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737, thanking God that he arrived the airport two minutes after the aircraft was already airborne.
The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday. All on board – 149 passengers and 8 crew members – died in the crash.
Mavropoulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association, a non-profit organisation, was travelling to Nairobi to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, 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.
Sharing a photo of his ticket, he wrote in a Facebook post entitled “My lucky day”: I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time.
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.
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.
State-owned Ethiopian Airline took delivery of the Boeing 737-800 MAX plane on November 15. It was the same type as a plane that crashed in October after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.