Faith Sustains Family Of Texas Man Aboard Missing Airliner

A file photograph of a Malaysian Airlines jet. (File)

KELLER (March 9, 2014) Relatives of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared over the South China Sea says they saw him about a week ago when he visited home.

"There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life," James Wood of Keller said.

His brother, Philip Wood, was one of three Americans on the Boeing 777

Philip Wood's confirmed LinkedIn page lists him as a Technical Storage executive at IBM Malaysia

He visited Keller last week before he was relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Beijing, where he'd worked for two years.

James Wood says the family's Christian faith is keeping them together.

"We are one family, there are 240 other families. Our hearts go out to them," he said.

The Austin-based technology company Freescale Semiconductor, meanwhile, says 20 of its employees were aboard the plane.

The 12 Malaysian and 8 Chinese employees were "confirmed passengers,” Freescale spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga said.

None of the employees was an American citizen, she said.

"At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Freescale said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event."

The company assembled a team of counselors for those affected by the tragedy, the statement said.

Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years.

The company has more than 18,000 employees and operates manufacturing facilities, design centers and sales offices around the world.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 airplane, was last seen on radar early Friday morning above the South China sea.

Searchers later spotted an oil slick in the area where the plane last appeared on radar.