AirAsia flight QZ8501: Body of the father of only Singaporean onboard identified

Indonesian rescuers carry a coffin of a victim of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 into a plane in Pangkalan Bun airport, Central Borneo, Indonesia on Feb 8, 2015. The body of the father of the Singaporean toddler who died in the crash has been identifi
Indonesian rescuers carry a coffin of a victim of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 into a plane in Pangkalan Bun airport, Central Borneo, Indonesia on Feb 8, 2015. The body of the father of the Singaporean toddler who died in the crash has been identified, according to Britain's Foreign Office. -- PHOTO: EPA 

LONDON - The body of the father of the Singaporean toddler who died in the crash of Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been identified, according to Britain's Foreign Office.

Briton Choi Chi Man, 48, was travelling with his two-year-old daughter Zoe on the flight from Surabaya to Singapore on Dec 28 when it crashed into the Java Sea amid stormy weather. All 155 passengers and seven crew on board perished.

"We can confirm the identification of the British victim of Air Asia flight QZ8501, Choi Chi Man," the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement, the BBC reported last weekend.

"Our thoughts are with his family and we continue to provide them with support at this difficult time."

Indonesia's Antara news agency said Choi was identified using primary data like dental x-ray records and secondary data including height, age, sex and private belongings such as ID and credit cards.

"After matching data, it was concluded that the victim was Chi Man Choi," Chief of the DVI team Senior Commissioner Budiyono was quoted by Antara as saying. 

Choi, who was born in England and worked as a managing director for energy company Alstom Power in Indonesia, was seated in the first row on the flight with Zoe, according to the passenger manifest. There has been no news of Zoe.

Choi's wife Wee Mei Yi and five-year-old son had caught an earlier flight to Singapore.

Among those on board flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, including the pilot. Besides Choi and his daughter Zoe, the other foreigners aboard were three South Koreans, the French co-pilot, and a Malaysian.

Search operations led by Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in the Karimata Strait and Java Sea have been hampered by poor weather conditions. 

As of last Friday 86 bodies had been recovered and identified while 14 others were in the process of being identified, Indonesia AirAsia said.