20 of its employees were aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, reports Freescale Semiconductor in a statement issued by the chipmaker. The missing flight is feared to have crashed into the South China Sea. The plane that vanished, was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur carrying 239 passengers and crew. Experts predict a catastrophic failure. No survivors have been found nor has any wreckage been spotted. Air traffic controllers never received any mayday calls.
Freescale’s statement reports 12 of its missing employees are Malaysian nationals and the other eight from China.“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Texas-based Freescale. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”
“Counselors and other professionals” will be made available as part of “around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy,” says Freescale’s statement. Malaysian Airlines has identified an IBM employee aboard the Boeing 777-222 plane, which disappeared at 1730 GMT on Friday while south of Vietnam over the South China Sea.