AirAsia flight QZ8501: Second RSAF C-130 plane joins the search

RSN servicemen embarking the Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
RSN servicemen embarking the Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing interacting with Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) servicemen on board RSS Supreme. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing interacting with Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) servicemen on board RSS Supreme. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - Singapore's efforts to help locate the missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 continued on Monday morning with one Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 aircraft joining the search.

The RSAF said in a Facebook post that the C-130 took off at 6.32am with crew from the 122 Squadron and Paya Lebar Air Base on board. Another Singapore plane is expected to join the search on Monday.

 

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Singapore joined the search for the missing plane on Sunday. One C-130 plane took off at 5pm after Indonesia accepted the Republic's offer of assistance, reaching the search area at around 6.30pm and carrying out operations for two hours.

Singapore also deployed two vessels - a Formidable-class frigate (RSS Supreme) and Missile corvette (RSS Valour) - to assist in the mission, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing sent off the ships at 11.55pm on Sunday, he said in a Facebook post early on Monday. A landing ship tank and submarine support and rescue vessel are also on standby for deployment.

 

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"The Indonesians have accepted our offer of assistance. RSS Valour and RSS Supreme have just set sail from our naval bases. Will take a day to reach the search and locate area," said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Facebook.

 

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