One adult American is still missing along with 238 other passengers after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Mar. 8. In the wake of the tragic mystery, Philip Wood’s family has spoken out about their insurmountable grief and helplessness.
As search and rescue teams continued to scour Vietnamese waters searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers on Mar. 8, the family of Philip Wood, the only adult American on board, released a sad statement, under the assumption that they’ll never see their loved one again.
Philip Wood: Family Mourns American Who Was On Flight MH370
“Philip Wood was a wonderful man,” Philip’s ex-wife Elaine said. “Although we were no longer married, he is still family. His sons and I just want peace and quiet right now.”
Philip, a native of Keller, Texas, was working as a technical storage executive for IBM in Malaysia. He and two toddler-aged children were the only Americans on board of the aircraft that mysteriously disappeared during its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Philip’s father, Aubrey, said that like the general public, the family has little information on what happened.
“We’re relying on our Lord,” he told the New York Times. “He’s the one who carries the load.”
Plane’s Disappearance An Act Of Terrorism?
Authorities discovered an oil slick in the overlapping waters between Malaysia and Vietnam which they believe to be remnants of Flight MH370’s crash, though they have not found any other debris, or anything else that would signal the plane’s location.
The flight lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after it took off, and Malaysian military now claim that the pilot may have been trying to turn the plane around for some reason. Two of the flight’s passengers were also traveling on stolen passports, a fact that makes many fear that this mysterious incident was an act of terrorism. But authorities aren’t ready to make that assertion.
“At this time, we have not identified this as an act of terrorism,” an American intelligence official said. “While the stolen passports are interesting, they don’t necessarily say to us that this was a terrorism act.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Philip’s family, as well as everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.
— Andrew Gruttadaro