Family of Texas man on flight clinging to hope, faith

KELLER, Texas (AP) — The brothers of a Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea say their family is leaning on faith and holding out hope for good 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, had recently returned home from Asia before his next assignment in Malaysia.

He 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 the Malaysian capital to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

James Wood says, "My brother, our family, we are Christians. Christ above else is what's keeping us together."

A second brother, Tom Wood, said the events have left "a real hole in our family," but he said they aren't giving up hope.

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