Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Avoided San Francisco Airplane Crash by the Skin of Her Teeth


sheryl sandbergFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, her family, and a few other FB execs, were originally supposed to be on the Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed into San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning. Sandberg wrote on her Facebook page (obviously): "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."

Talk about luck. Or, perhaps, intuition?

When horrible stories like the San Francisco plane crash happen we often hear of one or two people who were supposed to be on the flight/bus/train, but at the last minute, decided to make a change of plans. Maybe it's simply sheer coincidence, or maybe, like I said, it's intuition. Sandberg claims that she switched flights so her family could use airline miles, but the fact that Sheryl -- a billionaire -- decided at the last minute to change her plans in order to save money is a little strange.

Glad to hear that Sandberg and her family and colleagues are okay. Thoughts and prayers to those who were injured on the flight, and to the loved ones of those who passed away. An absolute tragedy.

Has your intuition ever helped you avoid a bad situation?

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bills... billsfan1104

My dad actually survived the attack on the Pentagon. He actually moved into the part of the building that was hit, one week before. The renovation and windows, saved his life. He was suppose be in a meeting on the first floor, the direct impact of the plane, but they canceled it.

nonmember avatar Alex

This article is severely out of touch from reality.

Intuition? What about all the other passengers that were supposed to fly on this flight but decided to cancel, postpone, or switched to another flight for any reason. It just so happens that a high profile person decided to say how she switched airlines, but you don't hear stories of all the other people that decided to switch as well. On every flight, you have people that booked but don't board and this woman is just one of them.

This article is assuming that this woman is the only person to have been lucky, but it is just a huge stretch from the actual statistics. Please do not take reality out of proportion to advance your own view of it (i.e.: intuition).

Coincidences happen, and this woman was just part of the group of people who didn't get on the flight. There is no intuition. It is pure luck and statistics states that this group of people will always exist.

bella... bellacazzate

Final Destination IX: Women's Intuition 

nonmember avatar Kimberly

Who cares? Her life is not any more important than that of any of the other passengers.

Andrea Byrd Plate

Honestly, when I first heard about her update saying she was supposed to be on the plane, my first thought was "Wow, way to make this tragedy all about you."  Sorry, I just don't like this woman.

Judgy... JudgyOnAWebsite

I understand it must be difficult sometimes to find enough interesting new content to continually entice people to your site, but REALLY? This merited a whole ARTICLE??

I'm with Andrea--there was NO need for this chick to release this insipid, ingenuous and self-indulgent press statement. It's right in keeping with the "Look at MEEE! I'm DOING stuff!" genre of Facebook., only this is about something she ALMOST did?? Dumb, dumb, dumb. Ha, "intuition", my fanny!

nonmember avatar Mommy

She showed up at as a LAST minute speaker at my cousins graduation this June. (We live in the next city over from fb headquarters). Not only did her speech make the graduation last an extra Unscheduled HOUR in the 90 degree heat on a football field but she was also wearing a completely inappropriate skirt and stilettos that she had to keep pulling down the entire time. I hate her now.

Trina_ Trina_

So WHY do we need to know this or care? I guess she wants some attention or something!

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