Who were the 15 Missed AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Who were the 15 Missed AirAsia Flight QZ8501
Wed Dec 31, 2014 13:31:26

Some may call it serendipity, others divine intervention. Either way, circumstances prevented two families from boarding the doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

In one case, it was missed e-mails. In another, an illness in the family. As a result, 15 people -seven of them children - are alive and well.

It was no stroke of luck but an act of God that her father caught hepatitis, said Inge Goreti Ferdiningsih, because it made her family cancel their tickets on the AirAsia flight a day before it took off.

"We are extremely grateful, and God is really great," she said. "I believe that God is saving and protecting us, and this is truly a miracle."

Inge Goreti booked the family vacation nine months earlier. Her father wasn't booked on the trip, and her younger sister was staying by his side.

So, Inge Goreti could still have gone, with her husband and three children.

The bags stood packed and ready, and the family was full of anticipation for the Singapore vacation.

Christopher 10, Nadine, 7, and Felix, 5, were psyched about taking a local ship cruise, splashing at a water park, and watching animals perform at Sea World.

Doomed flight booked for the whole family.Doomed flight booked for the whole family.

But then Inge Goreti's sister called from the hospital, where she had taken their father after he complained of stomach pains. The diagnosis - hepatitis.

The news tugged at her. "I had this feeling in my heart that I wanted to be with my dad," Inge Goreti said.
So, she called off the trip on Saturday, a day before the flight.

Christopher had a hard time accepting it. He was so looking forward to the trip and became very upset, she said.

An aversion to phone messages may have spared another family.

Christianawati was going to ring in the New Year in Singapore with her family and her brother's family, she told a French news agency. Ten were traveling in all.

But her brother forgot to check messages from AirAsia telling them that the flight was leaving two hours before the original departure time.

"They emailed and called us on December 15 and 16 to inform us but we missed those calls," Christianawati, who goes by one name.

"So we arrived at the airport to check in for the 7:30 a.m. flight but were told our flights had been rescheduled to 5:30 a.m., and we were late. Of course we were angry," she said.

Early Sunday, at Inge Goreti's home, the phone rang -- a few times.

"We received calls from relatives regarding the plane that lost contact," Inge Goreti said. "We all broke down and cried."

Sunday evening, the family went to church to give thanks.



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