Fortunate Australian Student Switched Her Flight From MH17 to a Cheaper Flight at the Last Minute – 'Someone's Looking After Me'

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20-year-old Bec MacDonald, who was scheduled to fly home on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 changed her plans last minute. MH17 was shot down the same day and now she is speaking about her miraculous escape from death.

After a month-long tour in Europe she was returning to Melbourne on flight MH17, but days before the actual flight her brother, a travel agent, suggested she take a different flight. He suggested Contiki's free connecting flight to London instead and said she would get a cheaper flight to London.

During a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, she received a text from her brother telling her the Malaysia airplane had been destroyed. She was in shock. Bec, who is afraid of airplanes and traveling long distances as it is, will now have even more fear of flying after this tragedy.

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"I didn't realize the gravity of it until I got home and my family were really overwhelmed to see me. It was definitely scary," Bec told Daily Mail. Her family was very "emotional and shaking" when they found out about the crash. But her father looked into her travel documents and realized she had switched her flight.

Bec believes someone had been watching over her.

"Someone's got to be looking after me. What if I did get on that plane? Someone's guiding me, I know that sounds corny, but that's how I feel," she explained.

She and her father send their "love and support" to all the families who lost passengers in the MH17 flight.

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