Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501:S'porean on board is only 2 years old

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501:S'porean on board is only 2 years old

SINGAPORE - The Singaporean on board missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 is a two-year-old girl travelling with her father, a British national.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore confirmed this in a statement last night, saying that it had made contact with the girl's mother and grandparents, who were in a Relatives Holding Area at Changi Airport Terminal 2 which had been set up to provide assistance to the next of kin of those on board the flight.

The Indonesia AirAsia aircraft had been scheduled to arrive at 8.30am from Surabaya, but lost contact with Jakarta air-traffic control at 7.24am Singapore time.

A former student of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and his family were also reportedly on board the plane.

Indonesian scholar Nico Giovanni, 18, completed his first year at St Andrews' Junior College this year.

A friend who wanted to be known only as Michael said that Mr Giovanni came to Singapore to pursue his studies, and had enrolled at the Secondary 3 level at ACS.

He said: "Nico is very reserved. He is hard-working and respectful." He is also said to be good in maths and science.

The Straits Times understands that he was travelling with his parents and a brother. His younger sister was not with them.

She is believed to be waiting for her family at Terminal 2.

Mr Giovanni's name is among those listed on a passenger manifest from the missing flight which has been circulating on the Internet.

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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