Mr Antonis Mavropoulos reached the departure gate in Addis Ababa just two minutes after it was closed, making him the only passenger not to have boarded the doomed flight on Sunday.
A Greek man said on Sunday March 10, that he “would have been the 158th person on the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing plane that crashed, killing all on board, except i arrived two minutes late for the flight.”
Mr Mavropoulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association, a non-profit organisation, was travelling to Nairobi to attend the annual assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme, according to Athens News Agency.
He was supposed to board the plane but he reached the departure gate just two minutes after it was closed.
"They led me to the police station of the airport. The officer told me not to protest but to pray to God because I was the only passenger that didn't board the ET302 flight that was lost," Mr Mavropoulos said in his post, in which he admits being in shock.
"I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time," Mr Antonis Mavropoulos said in a Facebook post entitled "My lucky day" in which he includes a photo of his ticket.
The airport authorities explained that they wanted to question him because he was the only passenger booked onto the doomed flight who was not on board.
He was really lucky!
Disappointment may turn out to be a blessing, so never give up hope!