Update: March 9, 6:00 P.M. ET
Late Sunday, the continued lack of answers — or even many clues — to the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Boeing 777-200 aircraft’s disappearance added to misery of family members left behind.
“With Malaysian officials refusing to release many details of their investigation and sometimes presenting conflicting information, the families and friends of victims became increasingly frustrated, the New York Times reported late Sunday. (Emphasis added)
It is conceivable that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane is “cloaked,” hiding with high-tech electronic warfare weaponry that exists and is used. In fact, this type of technology is precisely the expertise of Freescale, that has 20 employees on board the missing flight
For this detailed exclusive update, see: Malaysia Plane Hidden With Electronic Weaponry? 24 Suspects On Board: 20 High-Tech Defense Workers, 4 Passport Issues
Update: March 8, 2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Disappeared Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
Austin-based high-tech eco-friendly company Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles.
“The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news,” the company said in a written statement Saturday afternoon, adding it will provide more information as it becomes available.
“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”
The company has assembled counselors and other professionals through Freescale’s Employee Assistance Program, with around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy.
Names of all of the passengers is on the manifest here.
“Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets,” the company says on its website and in its statement today. ”… our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected.”
Freescale says its “key applications and end-markets include: automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm Off. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Note Update Here: It is conceivable that the Malaysia plane is “cloaked,” hiding with high-tech electronic warfare weaponry that exists and is used: See Malaysia Plane Hidden With Electronic Weaponry? 24 Suspects On Board: 20 High-Tech Defense Workers, 4 Passport Issues
Over 24 hours after the lost of contact with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the search and rescue teams are still unable to detect whereabouts of the missing aircraft.
“The airline is doing its utmost to provide support to the affected family members, this includes immediate financial aid,” it said in a written statement.
The airline deployed a team of 94 caregivers, including well-trained staff and aTzu Chi Foundation members, to provide emotional support to the families. The airline said it will also be deploying another set of caregivers to Beijing later today.
Last night, a Malaysia Airlines’ Senior Management team arrived at Beijing to address the media and meet with family members.
Families of affected passengers in Kuala Lumpur were also met by the team.
Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines will set up a command center at Kota Bharu, Malaysia or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam as soon as the location of the aircraft is established and the airline will make the necessary arrangements.
The airline is continuously working with the authorities in providing assistance. In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time.
Earlier Sunday, March 09 at 2:00 AM MYT, Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident released its 6th Media Statement:
Sepang, 9 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines humbly asks all Malaysians and people around the world to pray for flight MH370.
It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1.30am. The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
An international search and rescue mission from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam was mobilized yesterday morning. At this stage, they have failed to find evidence of any wreckage. The sea mission will continue overnight while the air mission will recommence at daylight.
We are dispatching all information as and when we receive it. The situation in Beijing is also being monitored closely. As many families of passengers are in China, we have deployed our “Go Team” to Beijing with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.
Once the whereabouts of the aircraft is determined, Malaysia Airlines will fly members of the family to the location. Travel arrangements and expenses of immediate family members will be borne by Malaysia Airlines.
Our sole priority now is to provide all assistance to the families of the passengers and our staff. We are also working closely with the concerned authorities in the search and rescue operation
The families may contact +603 7884 1234 (Kuala Lumpur) / +8610 6437 6249 (Beijing)
Update: Malaysia Plane, Terrorism Probed
U.S. officials told NBC News on Saturday they are investigating terrorism concerns after two people listed as passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out not to be on the plane and had reported their passports stolen – one a year ago and the other two years ago.
Luigi Maraldi, 37, was the only Italian on a passenger manifest released by the airline after the Malaysia jet disappeared over the South China Sea.
His father, Walter Maraldi, however told NBC News from Cesena, Italy: “Luigi called us early this morning to reassure us he was fine, but we didn’t know about the accident. Thank God he heard about it before us.”
Luigi Maraldi is vacationing in Thailand, according to his father. He said that Luigi Maraldi’s passport was stolen one year ago.
The foreign ministry of Austria confirmed to NBC News that police made contact with another citizen on the passenger list, and who reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.
Update: Malaysian papers report Malaysian Flight MH370 crashed
The airline said in a statement early Saturday they are attempting to locate the Boeing 777 after it lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 a.m. There was no distress signal before the plane, with 239 passengers, went down. One report said seven people on board had stolen passports, while it is confirmed that two people had stolen passports.
Vietnamese Navy confirmed that Malaysia Flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, crashed into the sea off Tho Chu island.
Tuoi Tre quoted Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of Region 5, as saying that military radar reported that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 246km south of Phu Quoc island.
“The plane lost contact in Ca Mau province airspace before it had entered contact with Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control,” a statement posted on the official Vietnamese government website said.
The plane was meant to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control at 1.22am Malaysian time but never appeared, the statement reported by AFP said, citing a senior Ministry of Defence official.
The Ministry of Defence launched rescue efforts to find the plane, coordinating work with Malaysian and Chinese officials.
The missing Malaysian Airlines flight was carrying 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, and three American among other nationalities, seven with stolen passports, according to latest reports.
The aircraft had left Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am.
Worst Feared: Vanished Malaysian Plane Passengers Stole Passports, Oil Slick Found
CNN and other outlets are reporting that several of the 239 people on board the missing commercial Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were using stolen passports of citizens from Austria and Italy. As many as seven people on board had stolen passports.
Italian foreign ministry says no Italian was on missing Malaysia flight, despite one Italian listed among passengers.
Austrian foreign ministry says an Austrian citizen reported to be on Malaysian flight is safe in Austria.
Three Americans are among the 239 passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
The search for the commercial jetliner that seemingly vanished without warning between Malaysia and Vietnam continued into last night as dark fell on Asia, officials said.
Nobody knows what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Air traffic controllers lost track of soon after it left Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing.
Families and loved ones of the 239 passengers and crew aboard expected the worst as they await significant development.
Last night, those family members and loved ones in Beiging were not at the airport waiting. Only press and reporters were there. They were then moved to a hotel for a press conference.
The area of search is focusing in the South China Sea, where Malaysian airspace and Vietnamese airspace meet.
“We have no idea where this aircraft is right now,” Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN’s “AC360.”
Later Saturday morning, however, Vietnamese authorities found a 12-mile long oil slick in the Gulf of Thailand, the first sign that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have crashed. The plane, which disappeared en route to Beijing, had 239 passengers on board
Bits and pieces of information have begun to form, such as stolen passports, but it remains unclear how they fit into the bigger picture of the missing plane.
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