A steward who was due to board the doomed Russian plane which crashed in Egypt has said his life was saved because his father had seen the impending disaster in a dream.
Oleg Ermakov quit his job just a week before the Airbus carrying Russian holidaymakers home from the Red Sea crashed in the Siani desert killing all 224 people on board.
Oleg said that he had handed his resignation after his father repeatedly begged him to.
His managers had not even had time to take him off the flight roster, and he was still listed as being on board at company headquarters.
The lucky man said : “It’s incredible that I was not on board the plane, I knew every one of the crew, and I knew the plane and had flown the route many times.
“I was down on the flight plan to be there for 31 October but, because I’d resigned, I missed it.
“I had been thinking of giving up the job anyway but then a week before I got a call from my dad who told me he had had a bad dream, he was clearly very upset and he told me ‘Oleg, resign’.”
The troubled father said that he had had the dream the week before and was absolutely insistent that his son give up the job.
The flight attendant said he had mixed feelings about the tragedy because although he was glad that he had survived, he said he was personal friends with many of his former colleagues who had lost their lives.
He said he had socialised with them while waiting for return flights and their death haunted him.
He added: “I knew the pilots as well.
“They were good guys, professional pilots, former military pilots, they had worked many years in civil aviation.
“There is no doubting their expertise.”
He added that the tragedy would not stop him flying, and he was even thinking of retraining as a pilot despite what had happened.