By now everyone is up to date on the heartbreaking and tragic stories of Flight MH370 and Flight MH17. Both airlines have left families and entire countries in need of answers.

Flight MH370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March and Flight MH17 was allegedly shot down over eastern Ukraine last week with hundreds of casualties. 

We can only imagine something so terrible happening to a loved one, let alone ourselves.

However, this Dutch cyclist has come awfully close twice. 

According to a report from the Netherlands, Maarten de Jonge, 29, was scheduled to fly on both Malaysia air flights. Last week de Jonge ended up changing his flight at the last minute. The cyclist would have been on board MH17 if he had not decided to change his trip.

De Jonge avoided being on the Malaysia Flight MH370 as well. Him and the rest of his Terengganu Cycling Team decided to switch to another flight to avoid a layover. 

On his website, de Jorge writes “How happy I am for myself and my family that I was on this flight and did not take it the last moment; my story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery in which so many people are paid. Attention should e paid to the victims and survivors. Wishing everyone affected by this disaster a lot of strength.” 

Apparently, de Jonge will still be flying to Malaysia later this week and is not worried about his flights. “I have been lucky twice.” 


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