Facebook COO: I Was Booked On Asiana Flight 214
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was originally supposed to be on the flight that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport yesterday:
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said she had planned to take the flight that crashed on landing in San Francisco on Saturday.
Sandberg decided to switch to another airline in order to use reward miles, she said in a poston her Facebook page.
“Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family, colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed,” Sandberg wrote. “We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets. Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash. Our friend Dave David Eun was on the Asiana flight and he is fine.”
Eun achieved some notoriety in the wake of yesterday’s crash by being, as far as we can tell, the first photos of the crash 777-200:
— David Eun (@Eunner) July 6, 2013
Eun’s photo made it around the world, many times no doubt, within a very short period of time, and was among the first pieces of evidence of what happened yesterday to be made public.
Sandberg’s story is one you hear every now and then when something like this. A missed connection, a meeting that runs late, or getting stuck in traffic, and someone misses being part of a tragic event, sometimes by a matter of minutes.
Reports this morning indicate that two people, both middle school students from China coming to the US for a summer camp program, died in the crash while some 182 were injured to varying degrees. Tragic all around, but on the whole not nearly as bad as it could have been.