AirAsia flight QZ8501

AirAsia flight QZ8501

Hong Kong resident among passengers on missing AirAsia flight

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 December, 2014, 3:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 December, 2014, 4:36pm

A Hong Kong resident was among the people onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501 which disappeared off radar mid-flight to Singapore, triggering a frantic search in Indonesian seas.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department confirmed to the South China Morning Post today that one of the passengers is a Hong Kong resident who holds a British passport.

It is understood the man is 48-year-old Choi Chi-man, who was travelling with his two-year-old daughter Zoe.

His wife, believed to be Singaporean, and older son were also travelling from Surabaya to Singapore, but took an earlier flight.

Choi and the baby were unable to join them as the earlier flight was already full, according to The Telegraph.

The English-born Choi Chi-man is a managing director of an energy company based in Indonesia. His LinkedIn page shows he has been working for the thermal services unit of Alstom Power since July.

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Choi was born in Hull city of northeast England and studied at the University of Essex, British Sky News reported.

Choi's parents were from Hong Kong and emigrated to Britain, according to The Telegraph.

He had also worked for Schneider Electric and Siemens between 2005 and 2009.

Choi Chi-man and Zoe were among the 162 people - including 17 children - on the Airbus A320-200, which lost contact with air traffic control en route to Changi Airport from Surabaya, in East Java, on Sunday.

An Indonesian search official said this morning it was likely that the plane had sunk to the bottom of the sea.

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The passenger’s family overseas have sought assistance from the consulate, the Hong Kong Immigration Department said, adding that it had received no request for help from any Hongkonger so far.

But it remains unknown if Choi has the permanent right of abode in Hong Kong or was working in the city.

With additional reporting from Xinhua, Staff Reporters