Plane crash victim's father: "I don't feel anger"

Robert Tansill Oliver, a Jehovah's Witness, lost his 37-year-old son Robert Oliver Calvo in the Germanwings plane crash: "I don't feel anger."
The parents of an American victim of the French Alps plane crash said on Friday (March 27) they feel sadness for the parents of the co-pilot rather than feeling anger for the loss of their son.
French prosecutors say a young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself on Tuesday (March 24). The prosecutors have offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. German police have searched his home for evidence that might offer some explanation.
Robert Tansill Oliver, a Jehovah's Witness, lost his 37-year-old son Robert Oliver Calvo in the Germanwings plane crash on Tuesday (March 24). "I don't feel anger. I'm really sad for the parents of that young pilot. I mean, I can't imagine what they're going through right now. As well as companions here, they are all feeling, hurting. No we don't feel anger at all. As Witnesses we are peace makers. We are sorry it happened of course. We blame what the bible calls the rule of the world. We are angry with the rule of the world," Oliver told reporters outside the Rey Don Jaime hotel where the relatives of the victims are staying. Oliver says he's not interested in launching legal action over the loss of his son. " We're not eager to take any legal action. We're mostly interested in sharing hope and comfort and of course being with our family, our niece and our grandchildren, comforting them," he said. Robert Oliver Calvo was a Barcelona-born American citizen. He worked for the Barcelona-based clothing company Desigual, and left behind a wife and two children.
Father of U.S. Germanwings crash victim mourns his son
Jehovah's Witness father of U.S. Germanwings crash victim mourns his son

The father of an American victim in the French Alps plane crash spoke on Thursday (March 26) about the loss of his 37-year old son. Robert Tansill Oliver is a 73-year-old retired English teacher born in New York who has lived in Barcelona since 1966. Robert Oliver Calvo, his son, aged 37, was born in Barcelona but was an American citizen.
"All fathers and mothers, families who have lost a loved one, a son, a daughter, a loved one, to death, I'd encourage them to not focus on those last 10 minutes, the final crash. I'd like to encourage them to think about the wonderful years that they have enjoyed of life together, those wonderful moments, happy moments with the family, with friends, the name, their reputation, think about the good moments, the wonderful moments, and of course think about the future," he told Reuters in an interview.

Oliver said he and his wife chose not travel to the crash site in France, "for the moment we prefer to be with our grandchildren and with the wife of our son to comfort them and be alongside them."

Oliver said that his decision also follows his beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness. "We know because the Bible teaches us that when that kingdom comes, then our loved ones will return from the dead, be resurrected and will have the opportunity to live forever in a paradise Earth. That hope, that comfort, is in those, in these moments is helping us tremendously," he said.
Robert Calvo left behind, a wife and two children
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  1. That is because they have hope that thier son will be resurated bt as for the pilot its only Jah that knows his outcome

  2. Adaku Irene AsuijeMarch 31, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    That's the Power of the Hope of Ressurrection Day! Matthew 11:25-26...
    with rejoicing, we hope together

  3. перевод на русский языкApril 1, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Частичный перевод на русском:
    Роберт Тэнсилл Оливер (Robert Tansill Oliver) - Свидетель Иеговы, отец 37-летнего Роберта Оливера Кальво (Robert Oliver Calvo), погибшего в недавней авиакатастрофе (Germanwings flight 9525).

    "Я не чувствую гнева. Я очень сочувствую родителям этого молодого пилота. Я имею в виду, я не могу себе представить, что они переживают сейчас. Как и мои товарищи здесь, они все сочувствуют, сопереживают. Нет, мы совсем не испытываем гнева. Как Свидетели, мы - миротворцы. Конечно нам очень жаль что так случилось. Мы виним того, кого Библия называет правителем мира. Мы только злы на правителя мира." - сказал Оливер журналистам, стоя возле гостиницы Rey Don Jaime в Барселоне, там где поселились сейчас родственники жертв трагедии.

    Оливер не заинтересован подавать в суд из-за потери своего сына.

    "Я нахожусь в контакте с американским посольством в Мадриде и консульством в Барселоне и всё зависит от того, как хорошо все пройдет. [...] Мы должны просто подождать и посмотреть что будет дальше. Мы не хотим принимать каких-либо правовых действий. Больше всего мы заинтересованы в том что-бы поделиться надеждой и утешением с другими, и, конечно быть с нашей семьей, нашей племянницей и нашими внуками, утешать их" сказал он.

    "Говоря об ответственности правительства и авиакомпаний - надеюсь, они примут меры, чтобы убедиться, что то, что случилось с моим сыном никогда не повторилось бы ни с кем", добавил Оливер. Роберт Оливер Кальво - американский гражданин родом из Барселоны.

  4. We hope to see them again. Remain comforted. Ugochi Achiuwa He wil cal nd he wil hear.Jehovah will never forget. He will raise. Just have faith.


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