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Family Was Bumped From Doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Because Plane Was Full (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Scottish family was bumped from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight Thursday because the plane was full.

Barry and Izzy Sim and their baby were scheduled on Flight MH17 from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to Kuala Lumpur Thursday, but they were told there were no available seats. They were rescheduled to a later KLM flight.

They were stunned when they learned of the crash.

"You get this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach," Barry Sim told the Telegraph. "We started getting butterflies. Your heartbeat starts going.”

"I feel physically sick," his wife Izzy told Sky News.

She said her husband never liked flying with KLM.

"We are very loyal to Malaysia Airlines and we always want to fly with Malaysia Airlines,” she said.

“There must have been someone watching over us and saying ‘you must not get on that flight,'” she added.

The downing of Flight MH17 by a surface-to-air missile fired from the rebel-held eastern Ukraine village of Grabovo has made her afraid to fly.

"In my mind, lightning never strikes twice in the same place so I am still philosophical that you get on the flight and you go about your life,” Barry Sim said. “I know my wife doesn't feel like that. Probably the last thing she wants to do now is fly, especially to Kuala Lumpur."

"Inevitably we have to go home," he added.

The 280 passengers and 15 crew died in the crash.

Sources: Telegraph, New York Daily News

Image screenshot: Telegraph