Livonia man talks about friend on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight

LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) - One of three Americans on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is 50-year-old Philip Wood, and we spoke to one of his friends tonight who lives in Livonia.

“This is the first time in my life that I’ve felt like I was being pummeled, punched in the stomach,” said Craig Dahl.  “The whole day has just been awful.”

Dahl and Wood have been friends for 25 years.  The two did the same job at IBM.  Dahl said he traveled down to their offices in Dallas often and that’s how he got to know Wood, because Wood worked out of the Dallas office.

Dahl said that Wood is from Texas and has two sons in their 20s and he’s divorced.  Dahl said that when a job opened in the China office Wood transferred there and then just recently transferred to Malaysia as manager of tech operations.

“He recently took a job in Malaysia, so the flight that he was on, I’m assuming he was just tying up loose ends,” said Dahl.

Dahl said that Wood is quick witted, outgoing and whenever you met him, Wood would make you feel like you had known him for years.

“My wife asked me, well, why are you doing this interview?,” said Dahl.  “Part of it is because Philip would have done this interview.  That’s the kind of guy he was.”

Dahl said that he turns to the Lord when thinking about what might have gone wrong on the flight and what Wood went through on the plane.  Dahl retired from IBM so he hadn’t seen Wood recently, but the two still kept in contact.

Dahl found out his friend was on the flight this morning.

“I didn’t shave off my goatee because he had a goatee.  It’s kind of a way for me to honor him, and this is one of those ways I can do to deal with my grief, is to let people know what a great guy he was and put it in perspective for me,” said Dahl.  “It will never be behind me.  I will miss his conversations and I will miss the emails that I get from him as well as I’m sure other people will.”

When asked if he was still hopeful Wood and everyone else will be found safe, Dahl replied, “I am, but reality says that there’s too much evidence that there’s not much hope,” he said.  “But there’s always hope.  I do believe in miracles.  They have happened in the past so, something could be there.  I guess there is always hope,” he said.

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