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Family of man missing on AirAsia plane 'prepare for worst'

The family of a British man on board the missing AirAsia flight have said they are "preparing for the worst".

Chi-Man Choi was on board the aeroplane with his daughter

Chi-Man Choi, who was born in Hull and lived in Singapore, was on board the aeroplane with his two year old daughter.

His wife and son had taken a different flight.

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Family 'preparing for worst' as search continues for missing AirAsia flight

Briton Chi Man Choi Credit: LinkedIn

The brother of a British man on board the missing AirAsia flight has reportedly said his family is "preparing for the worst".

Chi Man Choi, who is believed to live in Singapore with his family, took a different flight to his wife due to work commitments.

His brother Chi Choi, who lives in Cheshire, told the Daily Mirror: "I believe the reason they didn't fly out together was because of his work schedule. "His wife and son flew first. I spoke to his wife and she fears the worst".

AirAsia released a statement which said it is providing whatever support it can to all those affected.

"AirAsia Indonesia's primary focus remains on the families and Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia is currently stationed at the family centre in Surabaya, it said.

"We have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support. Another group of AirAsia officials are providing the same to the families based in Singapore."


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Hammond: Thoughts with family and friends of missing

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has tweeted to say that his thoughts are "with all those on board AirAsia flight QZ8501".

One Briton is known to be among the passengers on the missing aircraft - which lost contact during a flight between Indonesia and Singapore.

Missing girl believed to be in York

A 15-year old girl from the Humberside area is missing. Police believe she may be in York and are appealing for information on her whereablouts.

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, with long, brown hair and hazel coloured eyes. Credit: Police photo

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, with long, brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

Kiera has made contact with her family via text messages, however, officers are concerned for her safety due to her age and the length of time she has been missing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

I would like to make a direct appeal to Kiera to make contact and return home. Kiera, you are not in any trouble at all, but people are very worried about you. Please get in touch with the police and let us know where you are.

– Inspector Ed Noble, North Yorkshire Police

New BAE Academy will create 150 jobs

A new academy for BAE systems is set to be built at Humberside airport, which will result in 150 new jobs over three years.

The new Academy will incorporate a hanger, training aircraft, classrooms and practical training workshops Credit: Press Association

The £5 million training academy will provide 60 apprentice opportunities each year to BAE Systems trainees.

Work will start on Friday 24 October and will coincide with a special Spitfire fly-past. The Academy should be ready by October 2015.

The new Academy will incorporate a hanger, training aircraft, classrooms and practical training workshops.

BAE Systems will take on up to four cohorts of 15 apprentices (60 in total) each year, on a two-year apprenticeship, who will be trained to NVQ level three.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF in supporting the fast-jet fleets at RAF Conningsby and RAF Marham.

The trainees are mobile and flexible and could transfer to bases abroad to support International Export programmes.

This exciting development will help raise the profile of engineering as a career path for young people and provide fantastic opportunities.

It will further reinforce our belief that North Lincolnshire is a great place to invest and learn. I am delighted the council can play an important role in the increasing demand in the engineering sector and in attracting more people to the area.

– Cllr Liz Refern, Leader, North Lincolnshire Council


New RNLI station planned for Cleethorpes

Plans for a new RNLI station on Cleethorpes Promenade will be put on display during an open afternoon, when people will have the chance to find out more about the charity’s proposals to enhance its lifesaving provision on the north Lincolnshire coast.

Artist's impression of the new RNLI Station

From 3pm, the plans will be displayed at the current RNLI lifeboat station. Representatives of the charity’s operations and engineering teams and members of Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboat crew will also be on hand to answer questions and provide more information.

The lifeboat station is needed to accommodate a new RNLI Atlantic 85 B Class inshore lifeboat, which will increase the lifesaving capacity of the Cleethorpes crew and will operate alongside their current, smaller D class inshore lifeboat.

The current lifeboat station is very small and doesn’t provide the modern facilities that our volunteer crew need or deserve.

The allocation of a larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat for Cleethorpes means it is crucial that we have a larger building to house all our lifesaving assets under one roof, making for a much more efficient rescue operation.

This will be a major investment by the RNLI in Cleethorpes.

– Michael Oakes, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager

Tunnel plans for Humber estuary

Residents of Humberside are being invited to view proposals for a mutli-million pound tunnel that is set to be created under the River Humber.

National Grid Gas is seeking the Government's permission to lay a high-pressure natural gas pipeline under the river which will connect the existing installations at Goxhill and Paull, on the North Bank.

They will be held at East Halton Village Hall, Townside, on Friday, September 26, from 3pm to 7pm; and at Goxhill Memorial Hall, Chapel Street, on Saturday, September 27, from noon to 4pm.

Humberside drink driving clampdown finds 132 positive tests

Humberside Police carried out 2155 breath tests during June and July 2014, 132 of which were positive.

A two month campaign gets 132 positive results Credit: Press Association

Officers carried out almost a third of tests after collisions and 43 of those involved drivers who tested positive.

Disappointing to see that 132 drivers disregarded the warning message that was widely publicised this summer and consequently these people will be disqualified from driving for a minimum of one year, will have to face higher insurance premiums once their disqualification ends and in the mean time will have the stigma of being branded a ' drink driver' in the courts and media. “It is however encouraging to see that the percentage of drivers obver the prescribed limit especially in North Lincolnshire has reduced from close to 10 per cent in recent years to 4.2 per cent this year. “The message continues to be, this campaign was to highlight the issues regarding drink drive, we will continue to enforce this vital Road safety offence 24/7 365 days of the year and follow any information we receive with positive action."

– PC Barry Gerdner

The figures for each area of the force are below:

Southbank - North and North East LincolnshireTotal number of breath tests - 1206 (306 as a result of a road traffic collision) Total number of positive breath tests - 53 (15 as a result of a road traffic collision) East Riding of YorkshireTotal number of breath tests - 602 (162 as a result of a road traffic collision) Total number of positive breath tests - 37 (13 as a result of a road traffic collision) HullTotal number of breath tests - 347 (163 as a result of a road traffic collision) Total number of positive breath tests - 42 (15 as a result of a road traffic collision)

Passenger reunited with rescuers who helped him land a plane

The man who took control of a plane for the first when his pilot friend had a heart attack will finally meet the rescue team who guided him down.

John Wildley landed the plane with help from a rescue team on the ground

John Wildley landed the Cessna plane at Humberside Airport last October.

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The Cessna plane Mr Wildley landed
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