Philip Wood (Philip Tallmadge Wood), 51, an American national working for IBM in Malaysia, has been identified as one of the passengers traveling onboard the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing off the coast of Vietnam. New information about stolen passports has raised fears that this could be a terrorist attack.
Two other American travelers have been identified as toddlers Leo Meng, 2, and Nicole Meng, 4. Malaysian Airlines released a full list of the passengers on board, which include five children aged two to four years old. It has emerged that two passengers were traveling on stolen passports.
Luigi Maraldi, 27, was listed as the lone Italian passenger on the flight, but his father said he was not on the plane. Walter Maraldi told NBC News that his son had called to say he was fine. The name of Christian Kozel, 30, an Austrian national, also appeared on the flight manifest, but his country’s foreign ministry said he was at home and his passport had been stolen. Officials in Italy and Austria confirm the passport thefts were reported in Thailand.
The Boeing 777, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members, took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, but after reaching 35,000 feet and 120 nautical miles off the coast of Malaysian town Kota Bharu, the plane vanished, prompting fears it had crashed.