Hi guys, wonder if I might get a little bit of advice from you all Ok so, i'm working on this idea that I have for a story, but for the last few days i've run into a brick wall on exactly what should happen. To give you all a bit of information: The main character is a soldier, Special Forces type. He's away on an extended deployment overseas when his family that being his wife and daughter (possibly his son too) are killed when their commercial aircraft is shot down by terrorists literally minutes after takeoff when the plane is still making its ascent. Now here comes the problem. I have a family for this character, a wife, daughter and a son, both children are young 4 and 6 respectively. I would like to try and arrange it so that the wife and daughter are killed (horrible I know) but the son lives. However the only way I can see that happening is if his son is NOT aboard the aircraft. I view it highly unlikely there would be any survivors of a commercial airliner being shot down, and then it crashing down into the city. Now maybe I'm reading too much into things and overcomplicating things.....but I have a feeling that any reader would perhaps instantly think "hang on, why wasn't his young son aboard the aircraft too with his sister and mother?" The alternative (and much easier thing) would be for me to have them all perish in the attack.....but I really don't want to do that, I really want this main character's son to live. But for whatever reason, I'm having problems getting this bit at the start to be plausible/make sense in my head. At the end of the day, i guess only I can make the call, but, if there's anyone who can offer some insight/ideas, then I'm certainly keen to hear Cheers everyone.