Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, was meant to be on plane that crashed at San Francisco Airport

A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned near the runway after it crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was meant to be on board Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crash landed at San Francisco Airport on Saturday. Two people were killed in the crash and dozens were injured.

Sandberg was in Seoul with her family and three colleagues from Facebook, and all of them were booked on Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul to San Francisco, but at the last moment they changed their tickets to use air miles on United.

Shortly after the crash she posted on her Facebook page:

“Taking a minute to be thankful and explain what happened. My family, colleaguesDebbie FrostCharlton 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. Our friend DaveDavid Eun was on the Asiana flight and he is fine.

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Thank you to everyone who is reaching out – and sorry if we worried anyone.

Serious moment to give thanks.”

She posted a few other notices on Facebook and many reached out to say they are glad she is safe.

However, others sent tweets saying the update was inappropriate:

One of Sandberg’s friends, David Eun, was on the plane and sent out one of the first photos showing the wreck close up.

Sandberg has been the COO of Facebook since 2008.


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