He changed his plans at the last minute after finding a much cheaper route.
A very fortunate man
In an extraordinary coincidence, De Jonge was also due to fly on the still-missing flight MH370 which disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean on 8 March.
He was travelling to compete in a race in Taiwan but changed his route to one that didn't involve a stopover in Beijing.
De Jonge told RTV Oost he had actually spoken to some of those who on MH370 as they waited to board.
He said: "I could have taken that one just as easily.
"It's inconceivable. I am very sorry for the passengers and their families, yet I am very pleased I'm unharmed."
On Thursday De Jonge tweeted a link as to an article about MH17 as the fate of the plane emerged, writing: "Had I departed today, then…"
— Maarten de Jonge (@maartenmaleis) July 17, 2014
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