About 20 top management employees from semiconductor company Freescale Semiconductor were among 38 Malaysians onboard MAS flight MH370 which went missing over Vietnam-controlled airspace early today.
The team comprising senior managers and managers were on their way to China to undergo a month-long course in Beijing.
It is learnt that they were part of a group of 29, nine of whom were supposed to leave for China today.
Among the managers onboard the missing plane was Safuan Ramlan, 33, whose wife, Jelawati Jalil, 32, was waiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for news of the missing plane.
Jelawati said her husband was his usual self before leaving for the airport.
"There were no strange signs before he left for KLIA. He has been working with Freescale for more than five years. They used to send him abroad previously but it has been a while since his last trip," she said.
Their children are currently being taken care of by her mother at home.
Officials from the semiconductor plant were also at the airport to provide help and support the families affected.
MAS said flight MH370 lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am.
The B777-200 aircraft left KLIA at 12.41am and was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am.
The flight was carrying 227 passengers including two infants and 12 crew members. – March 8, 2014.