Man misses Ethiopian Airlines flight, that crashed killing all 157 on board, by minutes

A Greek man has posted on Facebook saying he missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight, that crashed just after off, by mere minutes.

Antonis Mavropoulos' post shows an image of his boarding pass as he explains how he narrowly missed the flight that took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday and crashed killing all 157 on board. The post has since been shared thousands of times.

Antonis Mavropoulos plane ticket. Source: Facebook

"When I arrived, the boarding was closed and I watched the last passengers in tunnel go in - I screamed to put me in but they didn't allow it."

Airport officials told him he would be put on the next avalable flight, but as he joined the next flight they refused to let him on board.

"In my intense protests they left no margin of discussion and led me to their superior, to the airport police department.

"He told me gently not to protest and say thank you to God, because I am the only passenger who did not enter the flight et 302 which is missing. And that this was why they can't let me go, until I determine who I am, because I didn't get on the flight and everything. At first I thought he was lying, but his style left no margin of doubt."

He said his friend notified him of what had happened,

"I learned that the flight crashed almost just after it took off."

He ends the post by saying,

"I'm grateful to live and that I have so many friends that made me feel their love - kisses to all and a warm thank you for your touching support."