I listened to a podcast with Adam Carolla interviewing Seth MacFarlane about about his "near death" experience on 9-11. Seth had tickets for one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Because of mistakes made by his travel agent, he missed his flight and lived. Now, most people in that situation would think there was some sort of divine reason he was spared and he now has some super-natural purpose to be on this planet. Along that same line of thought, what is the divine reason all the other people didn't get to live? If there was a reason the creator of The Family Guy was "chosen" to live, why were the others "chosen" to die?
How arrogant we are to think we are special when in reality it's just chance. Life and death are chance and it makes no difference who you are or what you believe in.
He was lucky that day. That wasn't the first flight he'd ever missed and surely not his last.