The only Singaporean on the flight was two-year-old Zoe, who was travelling with her father, Mr Choi Chi Man, 48, the only Briton on the flight.
They were the first names on the passenger manifest.
Mr Choi moved to Indonesia this year to take up the role of unit managing director for electronic manufacturing firm Alstom Power. The Guardian reported that he planned to fly to Singapore with his wife, Madam Wee Mei Yi, and five-year-old son Luca.
In the end, the family got on separate flights as there were insufficient tickets on the earlier flight his wife and son were on.
Mr Choi's brother, Mr Choi Chi Wai, 46, told the Daily Mail he was comforting his elderly parents, hoping for positive news but nevertheless "preparing them for the worst".
"It doesn't look good at the moment," he said.
"It is a very tricky time. We are just holding together for my parents.
"They don't know what to make of it."
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