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Texas-based company confirms employees were aboard missing plane

Troopers from the Philippines looked at a map as they assisted in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Command via AP

Troopers from the Philippines looked at a map as they assisted in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

An Austin-based company has confirmed that it had employees on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappared during its flight to Beijing.

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Freescale Semiconductor said in a press release that 20 of its employees, 12 from Malaysia and eight from China, were passengers on the missing aircraft.

“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” President and CEO Gregg Lowe said in the statement.

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