Houston man says he was supposed to be on Malaysian Airlines' missing plane

He says it wasn't luck that kept him from going on the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing en route to Beijing
March 10, 2014 8:35:35 PM PDT
A Houston man says the Malaysian Airline crash is teaching him just how fragile life can be because he was supposed to be on the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing en route to Beijing.

Greg Candelaria says he was having dinner with his wife at a Houston restaurant when they both received a breaking news alert on their phones about the missing plane. They soon learned it was the same flight he had been scheduled to take.

Candelaria says he canceled his flight plans to avoid a grueling 45-hour travel schedule he would have had otherwise. The Houston businessman says he's been contacted by media across the world, but he says the story is not about him but the many families involved in the tragedy.

Candelaria says he has been through emergency landings, bomb scares and 13 missed approaches because he travels more than 100,000 miles a year but he says he's never felt quite like this.

"So I never was going to fly it, obviously, and I didn't fly it. It's the craziest feeling you could ever have because -- and I never thought I could have this kind of emotion -- I travel regularly but it's freaky," he said. "I don't consider this a coincidence. I've said this several times and said on my Facebook post some might call this luck, some might call it karma. I think it the absolutely providence of God, the very grace of God and nothing more. It wasn't a coincidence, it was by design."

Candelaria and his wife are scheduled to take a business trip to Brazil soon, and they still plan on taking it.

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