As families anguish over the uncertain fate of loved one missing on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, one woman is expressing her relief on Twitter after her boyfriend narrowly missed boarding the ill-fated plane.
On Friday, Cylithria Dubois, a U.S. businesswoman, called her business partner and boyfriend to let her know she was feeling ill and overworked. Her boyfriend, who has only been identified as "Kaiden" by multiple media outlets, begrudgingly agreed he would pick up the slack, causing him to miss flight MH370 which disappeared mysteriously hours later.
"Kaiden" was travelling with two other people, according to the International Business Times. Neither of his companions made their scheduled flight. When Dubois realized her boyfriend was scheduled to fly on the missing plane, she took to Twitter to get in touch.
@KaidenDL Thank you! Thank you, thank you. Be safe. THANK YOU. Love you too.— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 7, 2014
OMG....... OMG.... @AFP: BREAKING: Malaysia Airlines says it 'has lost contact' with plane carrying 239 people— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
Im sick, fevering and just freaking. Stopit ria. Breathe.— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
Can confirm Tad & RK fine.... Can't reach kaid. I keepgetti g his voicemail. Hve office trying to locate @KaidenDL please kaid getintouch— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
Nearly 90 minutes later after her rush of tweets, "Kaiden" replied.
@Cylithria can't reach you by phone. We missed the flight. Rory and I are OKAY Ria. I'm NOT ON THE FLIGHT RIA. IM OK.— Kaiden IV (@KaidenDL) March 8, 2014
@Cylithria lighting up your notifications babydoll. I am ok. Missed our flight. I am safe Ria. Email, text, tweet so I know you see this— Kaiden IV (@KaidenDL) March 8, 2014
@KaidenDL ohgod thankyu. Letme notify odfice. Omg I love you— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
Afterwards, the couple focused their tweets on the missing 239 passengers and cabin crew.
Kaid missed flight. So gut wrenched grateful. Praying for all who made the flight, their loved ones. Please Universe... Oh please...— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
Hheard his voice. So unnspeakably grateful. Shaken. praying soooo much for flight mh370..... Ohplease universe... Have mercy, please.— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
By the Grace of God we missed our flight to China. I am okay, as is Rory, my companion. I'm sorry to worry people or @Cylithria— Kaiden IV (@KaidenDL) March 8, 2014
Please, Universe, please carry delicately the MH370 flight, people on board, and those who wait for news. Please, be tender.— Cylithria Dubois (@Cylithria) March 8, 2014
In an email statement to Reuters, Dubois said she didn't want to draw attention to themselves and says focus should be on those who are still unaccounted for.
"I am deeply chagrined by the attention that Kaiden and I drew upon ourselves with our tweets," said Dubois. "At a time when the focus should be upon those aboard the ill-fated flight and their loved ones, I feel rather dumb speaking at all."
She later released a statement via her personal blog:
If I had one thing to say to anyone enduring through the loss of Flight MH370 it would be I am so very sorry. I am sorry for your pains, your troubles, your sorrows, and fears. I am sorry for any losses you endure. I am sorry you had to even know of myself or Kaiden and our connection to a flight neither of us were on. May courage, comfort and compassion blanket each of you. I honor your loved ones. I honor each of you. I’m deeply sorry for all you’re going through.
Dubois's boyfriend also tweeted a few telling moments of clarity after realizing his girlfriend might have just saved his live.
I was very angry at Ria, because she'd gotten sick and I had to cover her. I was working on that, missed my flight to China. Grew angrier.— Kaiden IV (@KaidenDL) March 8, 2014
Now Rory and I shake. But for the Grace of God we'd be on that flight. Damn my ego. Instead of updating her, the office, I stewed.— Kaiden IV (@KaidenDL) March 8, 2014
It's still uncertain what happened to the 777-200 Boeing passenger jet as concrete evidence on the investigation has been scarce since Saturday. Rescue crews from Vietnam, Malaysia, China and the U.S. are entering their fifth day of the search but have yet to come across any evidence of the plane.
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