Fortunate passenger MISSED doomed Ethiopian Airways flight that killed everybody on board

A PASSENGER missed a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed and killed everyone on board thanks to a delayed connection.

Ahmed Khalid was meant to be on the flight but narrowly escaped.

The plane carried 149 passengers from 35 countries and eight crew members.

Seven Brits were on the aircraft which came down just six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa bound for Nairobi.

But Khalid didn’t board the plane that would have cost him his life.

He said: “It was from Dubai to Addis Ababa and then from Addis Ababa to Nairobi but because of the delay from Dubai I missed the first flight.

“So when I reached Addis Ababa they told me to take second flight which I said was fine.”

He said his rescheduled flight was delayed and “everyone was asking what was happening” until a passenger discovered the news about the crash after checking their phone.

CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam confirmed the dead.

“When I reached Addis Ababa they told me to take second flight which I said was fine”

Ahmed Khalid

They include eight Americans and Italians, 32 Kenyans, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, seven French, 18 Canadians, one Irish, six Egyptians, five from the Netherlands, and four from India and Slovakia.

Mr Gerbremariam said the pilot had an excellent flying record but reported difficulties and asked to turn back.

He added that the plane had no known technical problems.

The CEO said: “We received the aeroplane on November 15, 2018.

“It has flown more than 1,200 hours. It had flown from Johannesburg earlier this morning.

“The pilot mentioned that he had difficulties and that he wanted to return.”

The aircraft is the same model that crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Oct 29, killing all 189 people on board the Lion Air flight.

The cause of that crash is still under investigation.