Aboard the flight were 239 people, made up of 227 passengers (including one infant and one toddler) and 12 crew members. Four passengers who were waiting on the stand-by list to board flight MH370 were given seats on the plane after four ticketed passengers did not show up for the flight.
Three Americans, including two children, are among the missing. Philip Wood, 50, an IBM executive, had just come from Texas where he was visiting family on his way to Beijing. Fourteen nationalities were on board, though 152 passengers were Chinese.
Twenty passengers on the plane worked for the Austin, Texas, company Freescale Semiconductor. Another passenger, Chng Mei Ling, worked as an engineer for the Pennsylvania company Flexsys America LP.
Investigators discovered that two passengers used stolen passports - one from Austria and one from Italy - to board the flight. Interpol identified them as Iranians Seyed Mohammad Reza Delavar, 29, and Pouria Nourmohammadi, 18, and said they have no known links to militant groups, downplaying the possibility they were terrorists.