Family of Texas Man on Flight Comforted by Faith

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The brother of a North 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. (March 9)

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Keller, Texas - March 9, 2014

1. Wide of Wood family home in Keller, Texas, where a steady stream of friends and family are visiting and offering support. Many brought baskets of food.

2. SOUNDBITE (English) James Wood, Brother:

"He is outgoing, gregarious, friendly, loving . what can i say, he's generous. I've called him a free spirit. in the last couple of years he had the opportunity to travel to Beijing, he worked for IBM. he took the opportunity. you know we'd get emails about him from being all over the place. so he loved to travel."

3. Wide of family walking to vehicle

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Wood, Brother:

"So this was going to be his last trip to Beijing and it just happened to be this one."

5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Wood, Brother:

"What i am trying to think about, what we're all trying to think about is about our brother and the good memories and the good times. and the fact that we got talk to him and have dinner with him and just enjoy his company just a week ago."

6. Mid of Wood family home

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Wood, Brother:

"And you know I've been reminded recently to not give up hope. not that i hadyou never know. I'm not gonna close that door until we need to close it completely."

8. Wide of family walking to and entering vehicle

STORY LINE:

The brother of a North 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.

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