University of Essex graduate among passengers on missing AirAsia flight

AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger jets are parked on the tarmac at low cost terminal KLIA2 in Sepang

AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger jets are parked on the tarmac at low cost terminal KLIA2 in Sepang, Malaysia. - Credit: AP

A British national on a missing AirAsia flight is understood to be a University of Essex graduate.

Chi Man Choi, 48, was on flight QZ8501 which went missing yesterday in Indonesia.

The Hull resident is thought to have been travelling with his daughter, Zoe, on tickets bought on Boxing Day, and is believed to hold a British passport but live in Singapore with his family.

According to his LinkedIn profile he went to the Colchester-based university.

Authorities have this morning resumed their search for the missing plane, which was carrying 162 people, after bad weather hampered efforts yesterday.


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Objects have been spotted in the water in the area where the plane went missing, and Henry Bambang Soelistyo, of the Indonesian National Search and Rescue, said the latest theory is that the aircraft crashed into the sea.

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