Brother of missing alumnus sues Malaysian Airlines

Oklahoma Christian University alumnus is the first family member to Malaysian Airlines for the missing whereabouts of loved ones on Malaysian flight 370.
Online photo.

Oklahoma Christian University alumnus is the first family member to Malaysian Airlines for the missing whereabouts of loved ones on Malaysian flight 370. Online photo.

Oklahoma Christian University graduate Philip Wood boarded Malaysian flight 370 in Beijing en route to Kuala Lumpur nearly two years ago. His family has not heard from him since that day in March 2014. His family is now taking action.

Thomas Wood, brother of Philip, is currently suing Malaysian Airlines and seeking nearly $156,000, according to News 9. This is the first lawsuit filed by any of the families of the 239 passengers.

According to the lawsuit, Thomas could receive more money than he is suing for, unless Malaysian Airlines can prove his brother’s death was caused by something other than the airline’s employees.

Philip, 1985 alumnus, received a degree in computer science and math and was a member of Delta Gamma Sigma.

Stafford North, distinguished professor of Bible, said he was a close family friend of the Wood family in the 2014 News 9 coverage of the missing airplane.

“We always stayed in touch, a few times a year, it’s a tough deal,” North said to News 9.

When news of the missing airplane was first released, Executive Vice President Bill Goad released a statement on behalf of the university just two days after the flight went missing.

“The Oklahoma Christian University community was shocked and saddened to learn yesterday that Philip was on this flight,” Goad said. “The thoughts and prayers of his many friends in the OC community are with the family at this time.”

Thomas could receive more money than he is suing for, unless Malaysian Airlines can prove his brother’s death was caused by something other than the airline’s employees, according to the lawsuit.

Last year, according to The Mirror, investigators revealed that someone on Flight 370 intentionally disabled the aircraft’s tracking devices, soon after Captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah told Malaysian air traffic controllers, “All right, good night.”

Investigations are continuing concerning the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. CNN said that a fisherman on the southern Thai coast found debris on Friday, Jan. 22. Thai and Malaysian officials

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