A US traveller who said he was supposed to be on board vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 tweeted on Saturday that he and his companion had missed the plane after being delayed due to a personal matter.
“By the Grace of God we missed our flight to China. I am okay, as is Rory, my companion. I'm sorry to worry people,” wrote blogger “Kaiden IV”.
“I was very angry at Ria, because she'd gotten sick and I had to cover her. I was working on that, missed my flight to China. Grew angrier,” "Kaiden IV" wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you God. Help me to learn, then live the lessons you need me to. Amen,” he tweeted later.
Kaiden IV's Twitter profile describes him as “CEO, Fiance, Son, Brother, Father, Uncle, Friend, Painter, Philanthropist” from “Pacific Northwest, USA.”
"Kaiden IV" didn't respond to an inquiry sent by the South China Morning Post on Saturday.
Flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic controllers near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam at around 2.40am local time, hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. No distress signal was relayed before the aircraft disappeared.
There were 153 Chinese nationals on board, including one infant, an airline representative said at a press conference on Saturday morning.
Dozens of relatives were on Saturday taken from Beijing airport to a nearby hotel where they were anxiously awaiting news of the aircraft's fate.
Malaysia Airlines CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, said in a press conference Saturday that the company was "deeply saddened" by news of the disappearance.
A Malaysia Airlines spokesman told the South China Morning Post on Saturday that representatives were contacting the next of kin of passengers and crew members.