Freescale Semiconductor: 20 Employees on Board Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane
Freescale Semiconductor: 20 Employees on Board Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

Freescale Semiconductor confirmed that it had 20 employees on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The company said that 12 of the 20 are from Malaysia while the other eight are from China.

“The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news. The company is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it becomes available,” it said in a statement.

“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, in the statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”

The company is a global one that is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has operations in more than 20 countries. Its technologies were used in the U.S. mission to land a man on the moon as well as the first two-way mobile radio that had a power supply and receiver for cars. 

The company creates technology that is used in a range of products, such as eReaders and location tracking in smart mobile devices. 

The fact that the company had so many employees on the plane has sparked suspicion from people trying to solve the mystery of MH370, which vanished early Saturday morning and hasn’t been heard from for over a week.

Theories surrounding the connection between Freescale and the plane include some kind of cloaking device that turned the plane invisible.

Kim Hayes, posting on the company’s Facebook page, noted some of theories going around by asking a series of questions: “Why were so many freescale employees traveling together? What were their jobs. Were they on a mission and if so what was this mission? Can these employees be the cause of the disappearance of this plane? Could the plane have been then hijacked and these people kidnapped? Did these employees hold valuable information, did they have any valuable cargo with them? Did they know company and technologicial secrets? With all the might of technology why cant this plane be located? Where is this plane where are these people?”

Tineeka Green added: “Im with Kim, hearing all about this company on Australian news at the moment, they’re talking about how 20 freescale employees who design and produce embedded hardware could have had devices that could have interfered with aircraft technology ultimately bringing down the plane, I am curious what was there mission over there??”

Freescale didn’t give more details about the employees, including their identities, but people from the company said that two of the employees are Test 1 Process Engineers and another is a Test 1 Manufacturing Manager. 

Another said on the company’s Facebook page that one of the employees is Suhaili Mustafa, a graduate of Purdue University who works in Malaysia. 

An employee from the company said that it is providing support for the families of those on board.

It’s not clear what the employees were headed to Beijing for. The plane took off from Kuala Lumpur.

  • Leigh Carter

    There’s a link with Freescale Semiconductors…I’m sure of it. The technology they are privy to is the only explanation for the disappearance.

  • Keone Michaels

    Life is often better than fiction. Seems like it could be a reason. These are people that might have the skills to shut off transponders. These are the type of devices that they might manufacture or use in their business.

    • niki

      nope, fiction is better. look at all those “fantasy” or “sci-fi” novels, movies like Harry Potter, X-Men, Star Wars, TRON, etc etc … I wish I live in those “magical” world …

  • SomeoneWatching

    This is priceless. Freescale Semiconductor finally gets patent 8671381 (“System for optimizing number of dies produced on a wafer”) approved on March 11th, 2014… After filing it on… Drumroll…

    December 21st, 2012.

    • niki

      where is the source on that? can you tell me?

  • deb cheb

    And the potential for these 20 to be involved has not been mentioned at all. Why?

    • SG

      Even if they were not involved, maybe it was a motive to hijack the plane and possibly land it somewhere, something that is not out of the question anymore? Maybe someone is after their info.Far-fetched, but so is the fact that we are two weeks in and haven’t a clue what happened to a frickin 777.

  • funky321

    You can’t make this stuff up. And how dangerous would it be for this technology to fall into the wrong hands?

  • jules

    not wishing to upset great fiction, but from a pilots perspective its much more likely that they had an electrical fire on board the aircraft. The SOP under these circumstances is to pull the electrical buses offline (no transponder etc..). The co-pilot would then 1 by 1 turn these systems on in order to isolate the bad circuit. Meanwhile, if fire is still indicated the flying pilot would turn the aircraft towards the nearest airport with adequate facilities. This he would have in mind throughout an flight. His left turn made a direct routing to Lankawi airport (13,000 ft runway)… Sadly I believe this brave man didn’t have time to make the runway, and had to ditch.

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  • henrymart81

    What are the names of the victims who worked at Freescale?

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