IBM Executive on Missing Malaysian Plane: Family Friend

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

KELLER, Texas (AP) — A friend of Philip Wood’s family says the IBM executive was aboard the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing over the sea while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.

This Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo shows the broken wing of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 passenger jet a day after it collided with the tail of another plane at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. The same Boeing 777-200 has vanished Saturday, March 8, 2014 less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. (Image source: AP)

Les Williams, the family friend, says Wood was on the plane but declined to elaborate, saying the family will issue a statement Monday.

Williams spoke Saturday from the Keller, Texas, home of Aubrey Wood, the passenger’s father. A LinkedIn profile Williams says belongs to Wood indicates Wood is a Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 airplane, was last seen on radar at 1:30 a.m. (1730 GMT Friday) above the waters where the South China Sea meets the Gulf of Thailand. Two other American citizens also were on board flight MH370.

This story has been updated.