In the days following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, stories are emerging about people who intended to be on the flight, but for whatever reason did not board, ABC News reports.
Australian newlyweds Simone La Posta and Juan Jovel were supposed to fly back from their honeymoon on MH17, but they decided to leave a day earlier.
"We are feeling lucky but at the same time our hearts bleed for these families that are expecting their loved ones to come back," Jovel told ABC News.
Another family -- Barry and Izzy Sim and their baby son -- had to change flights because there weren't enough seats.
"You get this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach," Barry Sim told ABC News. "So yes, just... we started getting butterflies. Your heartbeat starts going."
Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge was not only scheduled to fly on MH17, but also intended to be on MH370, the flight that went missing in March, ABC reported.
In both cases, de Jonge ended up changing his flight at the last minute, according to a Netherlands public broadcaster RTV Oost.
"What has happened is terrible, so many victims, that's a horrible thing," de Jonge said in a translated 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."
De Jonge told RTV Oost that he plans on flying to Malaysia soon, and he's not worried about the flight.