Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg and three other FB executives narrowly avoided the deadly crash of Asiana (ASIC) flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport Saturday after switching their flight last minute.
In a post on her Facebook page, Sandberg said that she switched to a United flight in order to cash in frequent flyer miles for family members. Sandberg’s flight arrived at SFO twenty minutes before the Asiana crash.
Originally scheduled to join her on the Asiana flight were Facebook’s Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman all of whom switched their flights as well, according to Sandberg’s post, which also acknowledged Samberg’s friend Samsung executive David Eun’s presence on the Asiana flight. Eun, who was uninjured in the crash, was one of the first passengers aboard the plane to tweet about the accident, which killed two and injured 181 according to USA Today.
Sandberg, whose recent book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead topped best-seller lists and inspired widespread discussion about equal opportunities for women to rise to the top of their fields, was returning from a book tour of Asia, though sources told the Korea Herald that Sandberg was in Seoul to discuss a possible partnership between Facebook and Samsung.