The AF-447 Airbus A330-200 disappears with 12 crew members and 216 passengers from 32 nations on board, including 61 people from France. There were no survivors in the air crash.
Jopi Pelealu, an Indonesian national working for an oil company in Brazil, who would have been among the passengers of the ill-fated plane but he had a sudden change in his travel plans. The Indonesian was given leave from his work and he had planned to use the opportunity to visit his family in the West Java town of Bekasi.
He had already bought an Air France ticket for a seat on flight AF447 which was to take him from Rio to Paris enroute to Jakarta on Sunday, May 31, 2009. But the day before Pelealu was due to leave Rio, his boss called asking him to cancel his travel plan and stay several more days to do something important for the company. He could make the trip to Jakarta a week later, his boss said.
Pelealu was really disappointed but did what his boss had requested. Never did it occur to him at the time that the disruption in his vacation plan later proved to be a savior in disguise.
“I was then disappointed beyond measure as I was asked by my boss to cancel my ticket, but later, after I heard about what had happened to the Air France plane, I recognized the truth of the saying `a man can plan according to his heart`s wishes but it is the God who has the final say,” Pelealu said in his personal testimony at a Sunday service in Bekasi.
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Posted on June 21st, 2009 at 11:07 am by Ian