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He Was Angry He Missed Flight. Now, It's His 'Lucky Day'

Greek man was supposed to be on Ethiopian Airlines fight that went down
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2019 2:48 PM CDT
In this 2017 photo, SilkAir's new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is seen through a viewing gallery window parked on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi International Airport.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
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(Newser) – Air travelers may not typically pay attention to what model of jet they're flying on, but that might change after two crashes in five months involving the same model of Boeing. It's called the 737 Max 8, per a Wall Street Journal explainer video. Both crashes—Sunday's in Ethiopia killed 157 and an October crash in Indonesia killed 189—remain under investigation, and so far authorities have made no links between the two. Both planes went down in clear weather. Details and developments:

  • Which airlines? American Airlines flies 24 of the jets and Southwest has 34, and neither airline has plans to ground them, reports CNN. United does not fly them, though it does use the larger Max 9 model. The Max 8 first flew in 2017, and Boeing has a full list of airlines worldwide using it here. Some nations, including China and Indonesia, have grounded all their Max 8 flights for now.
  • 2 lucky travelers: The BBC reports that a Greek man named Antonis Mavropoulos was supposed to be on Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines flight but missed it after arriving at the boarding gate two minutes late. "I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time," he says. Now he calls it his "lucky day." A Nairobi man, Ahmed Khalid, also missed the flight, because his connecting journey was late.

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