It looks like 20 of the passengers travelling on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 worked for the chipmaker Freescale.
The Austin Texas-based company made a statement confirming that 12 of the employees are from Malaysia and eight are from China.
The question now remains why there were so many Freescale employees on board. According to a former employee who worked for Motorola the company used to have a policy not to allow that many employees on board a plane at once. Motorola spun off its chip making division to form Freescale.
According to the employee who posted on Slashdot, Motorola forbade two executives and six or eight regular employees to board the same plane.
“Situations like this, rare as they are, was the reason. I wonder if Freescale still has those rules and ignored them, or didn’t copy them over,” he said.
It is still not clear why the plane lost radio and radar contact and search for the 777 and its passengers began at first light this morning. It appears that four people with stolen passports were on the passenger lists.
The Boeing 777-200ER departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41AM Saturday in good weather, and it was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30AM, a 2,300-mile trip.
Air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane about 1:30AM Rahman said. Earlier, the airline said the jetliner lost contact at 2:40AM.