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Facebook Exec Escapes Disaster

July 7, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, was supposed to be aboard the Asiana Air jetliner that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning.

Sandberg and other execs at the social media giant escaped the disaster by switching to a United flight when they returned from a Seoul business trip.

"I was on another flight from Korea at the exact same time,'' the author of the bestseller "Lean In" tweeted to USA Today's Jon Swartz. "We are ok."

Sandberg, who took United to cash in air miles for family members, said her colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman also switched flights.

She said the United flight landed 20 minutes before the Asiana crashed.

Samsung executive David Eun, however, was aboard the doomed plane. He was among the first to tweet and send photos of the heavily damaged Boeing 777.

"I just crash landed at SFO,'' he said. "Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal."

Source: Copyright Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) 2013

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