Former Keller man said to be passenger on missing jetliner

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A former Keller resident was one of the 239 passengers on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared off radar screens early Saturday, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

Philip Wood, 50, works for IBM and was on flight MH370, his father, Aubrey Wood, told The New York Times and KTVT/Channel 11.

Aubrey Wood declined to comment when contacted by the Star-Telegram, saying he would not talk to media organizations until Monday. CBS 11 reported that the embassy had notified him that his son was on the flight.

Aubrey Wood told The New York Times that the family had little information beyond what had been reported in the news media.

“We’re all sticking together,” he said from his home in Keller. “What can you do? What can you say?”

“We’re relying on our Lord. He’s the one who carries the load.”

Wood’s mother, Sandra, told NBC 5 that Philip Wood had visited Keller last week and that she was at peace because of it.

Wood’s ex-wife, Elaine, posted a status to Facebook that said, “Philip Wood was a wonderful man. Although we were no longer married, he is still family.”

The Times reported that Philip Wood lives in Kuala Lumpur, previously lived in Beijing and has two sons in Texas, the younger one a student at Texas A&M University. The newspaper reported that Wood’s father also worked for IBM and retired from the company.

On Saturday night, the family released a statement to NBC 5 that read: “Philip Wood was a man of God, a man of honor and integrity. His word was gold. Incredibly generous, creative and intelligent, Phil cared about people, his family, and above all, Christ. Though our hearts are hurting, we know so many families around the world are affected just as much as us by this terrible tragedy. We ask for your prayers, not only for ourselves, but for all involved during this difficult time.

“As a family, we are sticking together through Christ to get through this. Thank you for your understanding.”

As of late Saturday, Vietnamese ships and planes were still hunting for the missing Malaysian jetliner. They had found no wreckage close to where they spotted two large oil slicks.

Staff writers Taylor Prater and Bill Miller contributed to this report, which includes material from The New York Times and The Associated Press.

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