Missed doomed flight ... Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, poses with students for photographs after her speech at Yonsei University in Seoul. Photo: Bloomberg
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was supposed to be aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning.
Sandberg and other execs at the social media giant escaped potential disaster when they switched to a United flight returning from a Korean business trip. Two passengers were reported dead and 181 injured when the Boeing 777 landed short of a runway at about 11:27 a.m. PT.
"I was on another flight from Korea at the exact same time," she said in an email to USA TODAY's Jon Swartz. "We are ok. My friend on that flight is ok, too."
Sandberg, 43, says colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman also switched flights.
Sandberg, a billionaire and author of the recently released best seller Lean In, took another flight flight from Seoul to cash in air miles tickets for family members. She said the United flight landed 20 minutes before the Asiana crashed.
"Thanks you to everyone who is reaching out - and sorry if we worried anyone," she tweeted.
Samsung executive David Eun, who was on crashed flight, 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."
Eun, shared information about fellow passengers and photos from the crash site, gaining thousands of new Twitter followers as he posted updates.
Late on Saturday afternoon, Eun tweeted; "Just went through customs. Adrenaline rush is subsiding. Just trying to process all this. Really glad that most everyone I saw seemed ok, with just a few minor injuries. Thinking a lot about family and friends right now..."