AirAsia flight QZ8501: Former ACS student and family reportedly on missing plane

Indonesian scholar Nico Giovanni, who completed his first year at St. Andrew's Junior College this year, and members of his family were on board AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF MICHAEL
Indonesian scholar Nico Giovanni, who completed his first year at St. Andrew's Junior College this year, and members of his family were on board AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF MICHAEL

SINGAPORE - A St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) student and his family were reportedly on board an Indonesia AirAsia plane that vanished on its way to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia, yesterday.

Indonesian Nico Giovanni, 18, who holds a Singapore Ministry of Education scholarship, had studied at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and recently completed his first year at the junior college.

"The college is in contact with Nico’s relatives and our thoughts and prayers are with them. We are also providing support to our students," SAJC principal Mrs Lee Bee Yann told The Straits Times.

A friend, who wanted to be known only as Michael, said that Nico had come to Singapore to pursue his studies and was enrolled at the Secondary 3 level at ACS (I).

"Nico is very reserved. He is hard-working and respectful," he said, adding that the Indonesian teen is good at maths and science.

The Straits Times understands that Nico was travelling with his parents and a brother. His sister, who was not with them, is believed to be waiting for her family at Changi Airport's Terminal 2. Nico's name is among those listed in a passenger manifest from the missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501. The list was circulating online yesterday.

Separately, one of the passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished in March, happened to be an SAJC graduate.

Malaysian Tony Tan Wei Chew, 19, was on the way to Beijing for a vacation with his parents.

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