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21 Missing Malaysian Airlines Passengers May Have Ties to Texas [LISTEN]

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Chinese students hold up a signed banner calling for more help for relatives of victims from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, in Beijing on March 10, 2014. Malaysia said a missing airliner carrying 239 people may have inexplicably turned back as authorities launched a terror probe into the plane’s sudden disappearance, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 21 of the passengers on board the Malaysian jetliner that disappeared Friday night have ties to Texas.

IBM Tech executive Phillip Wood is from Keller in North Texas.  Tom Wood says he is not giving up hope that his brother is alive.

In addition, 20 of the passengers were employees of Austin-based semi-conductor giant, Freescale.  Twelve of the freescale employees are Malaysian citizens, and the other eight are Chinese.  The search continues for their missing jetliner.

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