Singaporean on board missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 is 2-year-old girl

Singaporean on board missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 is 2-year-old girl

SINGAPORE - The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) confirms that the Singaporean on board the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 is a two-year-old girl, who was travelling with her father, a British national.

Her Singaporean mother had travelled back to Singapore earlier from Surabaya with the child's older sibling, reported Channel News Asia.

Flight QZ8501 was travelling from Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday morning and due to arrive in Singapore at 8.30am (local time).

The plane left Juanda international airport in Surabaya in east Java at 5.35am (Indonesia time) and lost contact with air traffic control at 6.24am (Indonesia time), said AirAsia.

It has been about 15 hours since the plane had gone missing at the time of this report.

CAAS said in its statement on Dec 28 that it had earlier in the day made contact with the girl's mother and grandparents, who were at Changi Airport's Relatives Holding Area (RHA), and provided them all necessary support.

Singapore's Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew said: "This is a difficult time for the relatives of those on board QZ8501. We are doing our best to offer the necessary help and support to all next-of-kin at the RHA.

"The Ministry of Social and Family Development and Changi Airport Group have provided counsellors and care officers to support the next-of-kin. Other staff from CAG, AirAsia and airport partners, as well as officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, are also assisting the next-of-kin."

Arrangements for local accommodation or for travel to Indonesia have been made for the next-of-kin of the missing passengers of flight QZ8501, said CAAS. 

Those seeking more information can contact Indonesia AirAsia at +62 (21) 2985 0801.

Further updates will be provided once more information is available, said CAAS.

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