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Family talks about North Texas man on Malaysia Airlines flight

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Rescue helicopters and ships searching for a Malaysia Airlines jet rushed Monday to investigate a yellow object that looked like a life raft.

It turned out to be moss-covered trash floating in the ocean, once again dashing hopes after more than two days of fruitless search for the plane that disappeared en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.

With no confirmation that the Boeing 777 had crashed, hundreds of distraught relatives waited anxiously for any news.

Relatives of Philip Wood said he was one of three Americans on the plane. For the past few years Wood has lived and worked overseas, but he grew up in Keller and still has many family members there.

The family said they are leaning on each other and heavily relying on their faith to carry them through this difficult time.

"In one of his emails recently he said every day is a gift, that's really how he lived," said James Wood, Philip's brother.

James said his brother was a technology executive who had a bright future. He was excited about a new assignment in Kuala Lumpur.

"He had just gotten there from here," James said. "He was going back to China to wrap things up, you know the rest. We're going to miss him. We loved him."

The Wood family said they are also remembering the other families, and waiting for word on passengers and crew members.

Thai police and Interpol questioned the proprietors of a travel agency in the resort town of Pattaya that sold one-way tickets to two men now known to have been traveling on flight MH370 using stolen passports.

There has been no indication that the two men had anything to do with the tragedy, but the use of stolen passports fueled speculation of foul play, terrorism or a hijacking gone wrong. Malaysia has shared their details with Chinese and American intelligence agencies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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