SHENZHEN, China — The first news I encountered when my plane hit the ground at Shenzhen airport Saturday (March 9) was the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members disappeared without any trace, when it was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
The Boeing 777-200ER has gone missing from radar screens since one hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur. There were no reports on bad weather, and air traffic controllers reportedly received no mayday calls.
As of Sunday morning, Reuters reported that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane -- presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday -- might have "disintegrated in mid-flight," by quoting a senior source involved in the official investigations.
While the mystery deepens surrounding the fate of the plane and people aboard, Freescale Semiconductor reported Saturday that tragically, 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China, according to Freescale.
“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale, in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”
The Washington Post reported that Philip Wood, an IBM employee working in Malaysia, was also aboard the plane.
The news is chilling, especially when we still have no idea as to what happened to the flight. My thoughts are with everyone who was aboard the flight.
— Junko Yoshida, Chief International Correspondent, EE Times