AirAsia flight QZ8501: Stories of those on board

Passengers at the AirAsia counters at Terminal 1 arrival hall. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN  
Passengers at the AirAsia counters at Terminal 1 arrival hall. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN  

The stories of passengers on board the missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have emerged since the plane's disappearance.

From close shaves to heartbreaking tales of family members hoping for a miracle, we collect them below:

Pilot Iriyanto was one of military academy's best graduates

The pilot of AirAsia flight QZ8501, Captain Iriyanto, 53, has been described by colleagues and neighbours as a warm figure with an extraordinary performance as a jet fighter pilot prior to taking early retirement to join commercial airlines.

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French co-pilot of missing jet 'dreamed' of flying, says sister

Aviation was Remi Plesel's "passion", his sister Renee said in an interview. 

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Maid had gone home to attend wedding

She had gone home a month ago for the wedding of a family member and was supposed to return to Singapore on Sunday on Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

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Biology teacher from Hwa Chong Institution among passengers

A 26-year-old biology teacher from Hwa Chong Institution is believed to be on board AirAsia QZ8501 flight, reported Chinese-language newspaper Zaobao on Monday.

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Pilot's daughter pleads for dad's return; pilot's father reveals another son died last week 

The daughter of the pilot on missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 posted a touching message on social media on Sunday, pleading with her father to come home. Captain Iriyanto's father told the BBC that he last saw the pilot at the funeral of another son.

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Daughter of MH370 steward Maira tells AirAsia QZ8501 pilot's daughter to stay strong

Ms Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 chief steward Andrew Nari was shocked at the news on Sunday. Here's the encouragement she sent to the 22-year-old daughter of QZ8501 pilot Captain Iriyanto, Ms Angela Anggi Ranastianis.

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Flight steward's wife pregnant and devastated

AirAsia crew member Oscar Desano, who is on missing flight QZ8501, got married six months ago and his Twitter feed is peppered with affectionate messages for his wife. His wife Dessy is six months pregnant with their first child.

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"Goodbye forever", joked passenger to friend before flight

The distraught friend, a man in his 20s, told Indonesia's TV One on Sunday that he had planned to go on the trip, but cancelled it two weeks ago because he was busy.  

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Family of sole Malaysian passenger hoping for a miracle 

Mr Sii Chung Huei is said to be a Kuching-based forestry supervisor who regularly visited Indonesia for work. 

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Korean family of three were travelling to Singapore to renew visas 

Park Seong Beom and his wife Lee Kyung Hwa had been sent to Indonesia as Christian missionaries and were travelling to Singapore with their daughter to renew their visas. 

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Family of five skipped flight after cancelling Singapore trip due to grandpa's illness 

One Indonesian family cancelled a planned trip to Singapore because the family patriarch had fallen ill. The decision in turn saved their lives. 

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Unread e-mail sees family of 10 miss flight

Surabaya resident Ari Putro Cahyono and his nine family members would have boarded the Singapore-bound flight had it not been an unread e-mail about a change in the departure time. 

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Singaporean on board flight is a two-year-old travelling with British national father

The Singaporean onboard missing flight AirAsia QZ8501 is two-year-old Zoe Choi who was travelling with her father, Mr Choi Chi Man, a British national.  

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Pilot a caring man, says nephew

The pilot of missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, Captain Iriyanto, is a very caring man who has never failed to help those in need, his nephew told local news media.

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Former ACS student and family reportedly on missing plane 

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 St Andrew's Junior College

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