KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – In a bizarre twist of fate, a Malaysian Airlines steward swapped shifts to work on the doomed MH17 flight months after his wife made a similar swap sparing her life from the MH370 tragedy.
Of the 298 people that perished in eastern Ukraine Thursday, Sanjid Singh was one of the 15 crew members.
The Malaysian Insider reports that Singh’s wife was supposed to be working on the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight that disappeared in March with 239 passengers on board.
“Sanjid’s wife was meant to fly on MH370 but swapped with another colleague at the last minute,” the steward’s father Jijar Singh told the newspaper.
Despite months of searching, that plane hasn’t been found.
US officials say a missile shot down MH17 at an altitude of 33,000 feet as it made its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Officials say Karlijn Keijzer, a doctoral student at Indiana University’s chemistry department, was among those that died.
The other known nationalities of MH17′s 283 passengers are: 189 from Netherlands; 29 from Malaysia; 27 from Australia; 12 from Indonesia; nine from the United Kingdom; four from Germany; four from Belgium; three from the Philippines; one from Canada; one from New Zealand. The nationalities of four passengers haven’t been determined.