MH370 passenger studied in Sunderland

Malaysia Engineer Huan Peen Chan spent four years at Sunderland University and played the organ at a local church.

Sunderland University student among missing passengers on MH370

Huan Peen Chan, also known as Jesse, was on board flight MH370 Credit: Joanne Poultney

Friends of a former Sunderland University student who was on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say they are fearing the worst as search and rescue teams look for possible wreckage seen on satellite.

They have described Huan Peen Chan as "one of life's lovely guys".

Missing passenger was "one of life's lovely guys"

A woman walks past a message board for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin

He was "one of life's lovely guys".

That's how a pastor has described a former Sunderland University student who played the organ at a church on Wearside.

Father of two Huan Peen Chan was onboard Malaysian Airlines MH370 when it went missing 15 days ago.

John Cropley was pastor of Sunderland Free Church when Mr Chan, known as Jesse, was a member .

He said: "It's devastating. He was just one of life's lovely guys. He was so gentle, he had a lovely smile and he was so willing.

"He played the organ and piano in church. He was never grumpy, always the same and you could depend on him - just a gentle soul."

His former pastor said members of the church kept in touch after Mr Chan graduated in 1995 and would regularly visit him in Malaysia.

After leaving Sunderland University he returned to Malaysia to marry his wife Janet in Kuala Lumpur and the couple had two sons.

The pastor said: "We cannot imagine how Janet and the boys are feeling."

Mr Chan was one of 26 employees of the same company on board the plane.

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MH370 passenger studied in Sunderland

Children write well-wishes on a banner for the passengers Credit: REUTERS/Edgar Su

A pastor at a church on Wearside has paid tribute to a passenger on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 who studied in Sunderland.

Malaysia Engineer Huan Peen Chan, 46, spent four years at Sunderland University and played the organ at a local church.