MH370: Singapore deploys another plane to help in search operations

Personnel from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) scan the seas about 140 nautical miles north-east of Kota Baru, Kelantan, for any signs of a Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing on March 8, 2014. Singapore is deploying one more aircra
Personnel from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) scan the seas about 140 nautical miles north-east of Kota Baru, Kelantan, for any signs of a Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing on March 8, 2014. Singapore is deploying one more aircraft to help with the search of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, MH370. -- PHOTO: DESMOND LIM 

Singapore is deploying one more aircraft to help with the search of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, MH370. The Republic of Singapore Air Force will send a maritime patrol aircraft with six personnel to scour the seas in the Straits of Malacca. This, after Malaysian authorities widened the search to that area.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Malaysians have accepted the additional help, and the plane will take off on Friday afternoon.

The plane has a longer range and can cover greater distances; it also has better radar capabilities. It is usually used for daily anti-piracy patrols along the Straits of Malacca.

Dr Ng also pledged that Singapore will continue to help with the search efforts.

Singapore was one of the first countries to offer assistance when the plane went missing on Saturday. It has so far sent two military transport planes, a naval helicopter, two warships and a submarine support and rescue vessel.