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Texas semiconductor firm says 20 employees on missing Malaysia plane

Published on Mar 9, 2014 8:15 AM
 
Chinese police stand beside the arrival board showing the flight MH370 at the Beijing Airport after news of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane disapeared on March 8, 2014. A Texas semiconductor firm said that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers aboard MH370. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Texas semiconductor firm said on Saturday that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines jet that has abruptly vanished.

Among the Freescale Semiconductor employees aboard Flight MH370 were 12 people from Malaysia and another eight from China, president and chief executive Gregg Lowe said.

"At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," he added in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event."

Rescuers were still hunting for the whereabouts of the twin-engine plane that was carrying 239 people aboard as it travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than 24 hours after it slipped off radar screens somewhere between Malaysia's east coast and southern Vietnam, triggering an international search effort.

 
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