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Dutch Cyclist Escapes Death After Switching Off Both Doomed Malaysian Airlines Flights

| by Dominic Kelly

A Dutch man escaped death twice after he was scheduled to be on both doomed Malaysian Airlines flights this year.

Maarten de Jonge, a famous Dutch cyclist, was scheduled to be on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 back in March, but at the last minute, he changed his plans and got on a different flight. Flight MH370 has still not been located since it went missing over the Indian Ocean 4 months ago. Amazingly, de Jonge was also supposed to be on Flight MH17 last week, but right before it took off, he switched flights and avoided the fate that 298 people suffered when the plane was shot down over Ukraine.

"What has happened is terrible, so many victims, that's a horrible thing," said de Jonge in a statement on his website. "I have my story done and I would like to leave it...my story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery in which so many people are paid."

Despite his close calls with death, de Jonge says he is still planning to be on his flight to Malaysia later this week.

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"I have been lucky twice, that's the third time as well," said de Jonge.

Sources: Gawker, ABC News