Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: Lone Briton and daughter left Surabaya after family

LONDON - The lone British passenger on board the missing AirAsia flight would not have been on the plane if he had been travelling with his family.

Instead, he was travelling with his two-year-old Singaporean daughter on QZ8501 as other family members had taken an earlier flight from Indonesia, it is learnt.

DailyMail Online said the man, named as Chi Man Choi, and his daughter Zoe were returning to Singapore and had planned to reunite with the young girl's Singaporean mother, who had travelled on an earlier flight from Surabaya, in Indonesia, with Zoe's older brother.

Choi, who is believed to be from Hull originally and who graduated from the University of Essex, was the managing director at an energy company in Indonesia.

He bought his plane ticket and that of his daughter on Boxing Day, according to the passenger manifest.

They were seated in the first row, in seats 1B and 1C.