MONONGAHELA - A company official says a woman based in western Pennsylvania was among the 239 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared en route to Beijing over the weekend.
A spokeswoman said Mei Ling Chng, a senior process engineer for Flexsys America in Monongahela near Pittsburgh, "is confirmed to have been on the flight."
Tracy Kilgore of Flexsys parent firm Eastman Chemical Co., which is based in Kingsport, Tenn., told reporters in an email that officials "are deeply shocked and saddened."
She said Chng went to work for the chemical company Solutia in Malaysia in 2005 and transferred to Monongahela in 2010.
She said she was "remembered fondly by her co-workers as being ... pleasant and happy as well as well-respected."
Flexsys makes and supplies chemicals for the rubber industry.