PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman was among the 239 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared en route to Beijing over the weekend, her employer said Monday.
Eastman Chemical Co. said Mei Ling Chng of South Park was a senior process engineer for their subsidiary Flexsys America in Monongahela, near Pittsburgh. Spokeswoman Tracy Kilgore wrote in an email that co-workers "are deeply shocked and saddened."
Chng, a native of Malaysia, joined the company in 2009. She purchased a home in the Pittsburgh suburbs last October, and made a strong impression on Valerie Shafer, the seller.
"She was a very intelligent young lady. I was quite impressed with her," Shafer said, adding that "I remember holding Chng up to my daughter" as an example of how education and hard work could enable a single young woman to buy a house.
Shafer, who works in human resources, said she stayed in touch with Chng after the sale via email and checked on packages that were left at the house when Chng was away. "She was just a very accomplished young woman. I'm just devastated to hear she was on that flight."
Chng had "a very nice smile," she added.
Kilgore said Chng 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.