The name of Philip Wood, 50, is among 239 people identified on a passenger manifest provided by the airline. Two others with American passports are listed as Nicole Meng, 4, and Yan Zhang, age 2.
Wood’s ex-wife confirmed the family’s fears in a Facebook post on Saturday afternoon
“Philip Wood was a wonderful man,” wrote Elaine Wood, who still lives in the Dallas area. “Although we were no longer married, he is still family. His sons and I just want peace and quiet right now.”
Elaine's Facebook was quickly flooded with messages of condolences from friends and family.
The Boeing 777 jetliner was en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers around 2:40 a.m. local time Saturday, two hours after takeoff, the airline said. Officials said they received no distress call from pilots. Rescuers spotted two large oil slicks in the ocean off the southern tip of Vietnam, but a search for wreckage continues.
Aubrey Wood, the man’s father, told KTVT-TV in Dallas that the Malaysian Embassy contacted him regarding his son being on the flight. However, the elder Wood told “The New York Times” that the family had little information beyond media reports.
“We’re all sticking together,” his father told the newspaper from his home in Keller, Texas. “What can you do? What can you say?”