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US tech firm had 20 employees on missing plane

/ 11:39 AM March 09, 2014

This photo provided by Laurent Errera taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. AP/Laurent Errera

AUSTIN, Texas—A United States technology company says 20 of its employees were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea.

Jacey Zuniga, a spokeswoman for Freescale Semiconductor, says 12 Malaysian and eight Chinese employees are “confirmed passengers.” She says no American citizen Freescale employees were on the flight.

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“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” Gregg Lowe, president and Chief Executive Officer of Freescale says in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.” The company, the statement reads, has assembled a team of counselors for those impacted by the tragedy.

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.

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