KELLER, Texas — The brothers of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared over the South China Sea said Sunday 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, recently visited home from Asia before his next assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Wood came back to Texas to visit his family before relocating to the Malaysian capital, his brother James Wood said.
The Saturday flight was supposed to be his final one to China’s capital. James Wood said Philip Wood was supposed to make the final arrangements there for his relocation to Malaysia.
“This was going to be his last trip to Beijing. It just happened to be this one,” James Wood said.
Philip Wood, 50, was one of three Americans who were aboard the flight. It isn’t known with whom the other two Americans, Nicole Meng, 4, and Yan Zhang, 2, were traveling.
James Wood described his brother, a technical storage executive at IBM Malaysia, as an “outgoing, gregarious, friendly, loving man” who was excited about moving to Malaysia.