Dutch cyclist cheats death twice, never boards MH17 and MH370

Jul 20, 2014, 11:38 PM | Updated: Jul 21, 2014, 1:54 am

Former big league pitcher Lefty Gomez famously said during his career that he’d ‘rather be lucky than good.’

It’s safe to say Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge probably agrees with Gomez.

After all, he’s cheated death twice with in a span of just a few short months.

According to BuzzFeed.com, de Jonge was supposed to be on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. That plane, carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers, tragically disappeared over the Indian Ocean on March 8.

But not wanting to stop on his way to a race in Taiwan, de Jonge elected to purchase tickets for another flight at the last minute and never boarded MH370.

This week, he was scheduled to be a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, however once again the 29-year-old decided to change his plans and booked a cheaper flight taking off at a later time.

MH17 was shot down Thursday while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers and 15 crew members were killed.

de Jonge released the following statement on his website:

“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 dead. Attention should be paid to the victims and survivors. Wishing everyone affected by this disaster a lot of strength.”

APS

KTAR.com

Tom Cruise crushes Jimmy Fallon in ‘Tonight Show’ lip sync battle

Here are four words that will remind us all why a certain someone's movies have made millions: Tom Cruise lip syncing.
7 years ago
...
KTAR.com

Smooth criminal: Police release unusual video after local burglary

Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife and hide yo' husband cause someone's robbin' all the supermarkets out here.
7 years ago
...
KTAR.com

Never-before-seen photos show White House reaction after 9/11

The U.S. National Archives recently released never-before-seen photos of then-Vice President Dick Chaney and other White House officials after 9/11.
7 years ago
...
KTAR.com

Russian-built jet’s vertical climb will astound

Fast and upright could describe a sprinter during a race. Or it could describe this jet in the air.
7 years ago
...
KTAR.com

Chic geek: Fit your car with KITT from ‘Knight Rider’

For serious fans of the 1980s TV show, "Knight Rider," KITT rides again, disguised as a car charger.
7 years ago
...
KTAR.com

Brave little girl battling cancer receives special message from Frozen star

The little things can go a long way, especially for someone who has been dealt a frightening and entirely unfair hand.
7 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Dutch cyclist cheats death twice, never boards MH17 and MH370