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Asiana Airlines Flight 214: Close Call For Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Who Was Originally Booked On Flight


Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s return trip from South Korea was nearly an unforgettable one for all of the wrong reasons, as she was originally booked on Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed on a runway in San Francisco Saturday, killing two passengers and injuring several more.

Samsung Electronics Executive Vice President David Eun was a passenger on the Asiana flight and was unhurt. Facebook Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs Debbie Frost, Business Lead Charlton Gholson, and Administrative Assistant Kelly Hoffman were on a United Airlines flight with Sandberg and her family.

Sandberg quickly updated her Facebook page to alert everyone that she was unharmed, posting four status updates Saturday.

Status update No. 1:

My family and I were not on that plane – thanks everyone for reaching out. I am really worried that friends of ours were on it.

No. 2:

My friend David Eun was on the Asianna flight – and he is fine. Just posted pictures evacuating. Serious moment to give thanks all around.

No. 3:

Debbie Frost, Kelly Hoffman and Charlton Gholson were also on my flight. We are all safe. Again, thank you everyone.

No. 4:

Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family, colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets. Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash. Our friend Dave David Eun was on the Asiana flight and he is fine.

Thank you to everyone who is reaching out – and sorry if we worried anyone.

Serious moment to give thanks.

Readers: Do you know anyone who was impacted by Asiana Airlines Flight 214?

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