Nepal crash: How girlfriend’s 'delay in packing' saved NY couple

Plane crash

A New York Daily News intern's brother and his girlfriend narrowly missed a tragic flight enroute to Mount Everest that crashed in Nepal, killing over 19 people.

Sam Smith, brother of Dominic Maxwell-Lewis, an intern at the Daily News, missed the doomed flight because his girlfriend Sabra was late packing.

The couple was supposed to be on the first plane out of Katmandu heading to Lukla, where they were to join an expedition team set to climb Mount Everest, the New York Daily News reports.

Sam said that he still can't believe he was hurrying Sabra beforehand to pack faster.

"I feel so guilty that I was getting annoyed with her. If she'd been quicker, we wouldn't be here together today," he said.

After missing their first flight, they caught the second of three flights that were set for that day to the Everest staging area.

"All trekkers book through agencies, not airlines, so we all know it was sure luck that our agency put us on another airline when we got the," he said.

The twin-engine propeller plane carrying 19 people crashed outside of Katmandu, Nepal right after takeoff killing all on board, the report said.

"It's incredibly sad and unnerving. The trekkers would have been just like me, who would have dreamt of doing this for years, and would have done the climb up with us at the same time. My heart goes out to the friends and family of all who were on the plane," Sam said.

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