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Girlfriend of Missing American On-Board Missing Malaysian Flight Speaks Out

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 11, 2014 in Local

Sarah Bajc, long-time girlfriend of Phillip Wood, who was one of three American passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. is speaking out. Bajc and Wood both live in Beijing and when his flight didn't arrive on time; the couple was planning to move to Malaysia as part of a relocation program with Woods employer.

The saga of the missing airplane continues as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Interpol work with Malaysian and Chinese investigators to find out exactly what happened.

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The longtime girlfriend of a Texas man who was aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has spoken out about the anguish she has suffered amid the desperate, three-day hunt for the doomed jetliners' remains.

Sarah Bajc lived in Beijing with boyfriend Philip Wood, 50, who was one of three American passport holders on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Bajc told CBS News her nightmare began Saturday after she sent a driver to pick up Wood at Beijing Airport, where he was set to land after a trip to see family back in Texas last week.

The flight never arrived.

"The online site tracker through Malaysia Airlines said it was just delayed, that it took off on time but that it hadn't landed," Bajc told CBS News.

"Then I looked at the online news, and there was the news that the plane was missing."

Scanning Internet reports for any news of the flight, Bajc said she found a Malaysia Airlines press release containing a chilling update: The plane had lost contact somewhere over the South China Sea.

Her calls to the airline went unanswered "for several hours," she said.

"Finally they contacted me since I was listed as next of kin, and they were able to tell me nothing other than the fact that they lost contact," she told CBS News.

Bajc said she questioned the airline about reports that oil slicks and pieces of the plane had been spotted in the South China Sea, but the spokesman was unable to confirm any of it.

The ordeal, she said, was "one of the most painful things I have ever had to go through."

Wood, who Bajc said just turned 50, had lived in Beijing for two years while working as a technical storage executive at IBM, his family said.

He was divorced and had two sons, one a student at Texas A&M University.

He and Bajc were planning to move to Malaysia together soon as part of a relocation with IBM, his family said.

His brother, James, said Saturday's flight was supposed to be his final one to China's capital city before he moved to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

"This was going to be his last trip to Beijing. It just happened to be this one," James Wood told the Associated Press.

"There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life," he added.

In Beijing, Bajc said she was holding out hope for good news about the man she described as her "soul mate."

On Facebook, she posted an Emily Dickinson poem about hope addressed to "Philip."

Her profile photo showed the smiling pair sitting on a beach. Wood's hand rests affectionately on Bajc's knee.

"I'm personally not willing to give up hope that there's a chance we'll find survivors, that we'll find the plane," she told CBS News.

"There just has to be a chance."


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