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Three Singapore students missed MH17 flight due to booking issues

Three undergraduates from Singapore are relieved they were not on board crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. If all had gone well with their bookings, the three would have been on the plane.

SINGAPORE: Three undergraduates from Singapore are relieved they were not on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine after being allegedly shot down by militants.

The Boeing 777 came down in cornfields in the separatist-held region on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board on Thursday (July 17).

In April, 23-year-old Nicholas Ng and his two friends had booked a return ticket to Europe through a travel agency.

But the National University of Singapore student's booking was cancelled after he missed the deadline to submit the required documents, such as his passport details. His friends also cancelled their bookings as they had planned to travel together.

If all had gone well with their bookings, the three would have been on MH17.

Nicholas said: "I'm still in shock, so I guess moving forward, this reminds us on how fragile our life is, and how things around the world could just happen and a lot of lives can be changed just like that, just really fast."

He and his friends subsequently booked a flight on KLM Royal Dutch airlines. Nicholas returned to Singapore on Thursday.

"My parents called me up, immediately called me up, (they asked) wasn't this the flight you booked? It was just a lot of well wishes of being lucky and everything,” he said.

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