AirAsia flight QZ8501: Singapore specialists to head to Indonesia to aid recovery efforts

Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel survey the waters during a search and locate operation for the missing AirAsia QZ8501 plane at an undisclosed search area on Dec 30, 2014. Singapore air accident experts will depart on Wednesday morning to as
Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel survey the waters during a search and locate operation for the missing AirAsia QZ8501 plane at an undisclosed search area on Dec 30, 2014. Singapore air accident experts will depart on Wednesday morning to assist recovery operations, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said on Tuesday evening. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore air accident experts will depart on Wednesday morning to assist in recovery operations for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said on Tuesday evening.

Specialists from the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and hydrography experts from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) make up the team, who will also be bringing special equipment to aid in search and rescue efforts.

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Singapore has also offered to the Indonesian authorities, a disaster victim identification team comprising officers from the Singapore Police Force and the Health Sciences Authority, to help identify victims.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) also sent two Super Puma helicopters to the search area, in addition to the two C-130 aircraft already deployed.

The helicopters embarked on board the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Landing ship tank RSS Persistence.

RSS Persistence has arrived at the search area, and joins the Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme and Missile corvette RSS Valour in the operation.

The submarine support and rescue vessel MV Swift Rescue set sail for the search area at 7pm, and is expected to arrive on Wednesday evening.

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