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MISSING MH370: Family of Texas man comforted by faith

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KELLER, Texas: The brother of a Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia  Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea said Sunday his  family is leaning on their faith as they wait for news about the man they last  saw about a week ago.

Philip Wood, an IBM executive who had been working in Beijing over the past  two years, recently returned home from Asia before his next assignment in Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wood came back to Texas to prepare for his move to the Malaysian capital,  his brother, James Wood said.

“There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life,” James Wood said in a  phone interview from the family’s home in Keller, a Dallas suburb of about  40,000 people located north of Forth Worth.

“Last Sunday, we were all having breakfast together. And now, you can’t,” he  said, as the family got ready to attend church. Their faith, he said, is what’s  helping the family through this trying time.

“My brother, our family, we are Christians. Christ above else is what’s  keeping us together,” he said.

Philip Wood, 50, was one of three Americans who were aboard the Boeing 777  when it lost contact with air traffic control as it was cruising on its way from  Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

It isn’t known with whom the other two Americans, Nicole Meng, 4, and Yan  Zhang, 2, were traveling.

A technical storage executive at IBM Malaysia, Wood was “a good, hard  worker,” his brother said.

James Wood said that his brother is divorced and that one of his sons  attends Texas A&M University and that another is an alumnus of that  university.

He also pointed out that, along with his brother, members of hundreds of  other families were aboard Flight MH370.

“This is not a local thing; this is a world thing,” he said. “We are one  family. There are 240 other families. Our hearts go out to them.”

The family has been contacted by the U.S. Department of State and other  institutions, Wood added.

So far, no explanation as to what happened to the plane is available. There  was no distress signal before the plane vanished from the radar.

The family is watching CNN, BBC and other news stations, waiting for small  pieces of information as they trickle down, he said.

But, “with a situation like this, when a plane just disappears … it leaves  you with a lot of questions,” he said.–AP

-NST

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