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Woman Who Missed Doomed Air France Flight Dies In Car Crash

It’s the kind of story that makes you wonder about the nature of fate.

Johanna Ganthaler and her husband Kurt must have been breathing more than just a sigh of relief last week. The couple had been on vacation in Brazil and they were running late. Despite their best efforts, they missed the plane that was supposed to take them back to Europe, leaving them feeling frustrated.

It was a frustration that turned to grateful amazement – the jet that took off without them was Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people onboard, including a former Guelph resident.

The Ganthalers wound up taking an alternate flight back and arrived safely. They were driving home, when their vehicle veered off the road in Austria and into an oncoming truck.

Johanna, who had managed to avoid dying in the plane crash, was killed in the collision, while her husband was seriously injured.

It’s not clear what caused their vehicle to lose control.

Meanwhile, the search for the black boxes continues in the depths, with the help of a nuclear submarine equipped with sonar. Time is of the essence – the pings from those data recorders will stop next month.

Forty-one bodies have now been recovered from the crash site. Authorities hope to use DNA to identify the remains.