Singapore aids search effort

In a statement last night, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), which manages the Singapore Rescue Coordination Centre, said that at 9.30am yesterday, it had offered assistance to Basarnas, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency.

After confirmation from the Indonesian authorities in the afternoon, a C-130 aircraft was deployed to help in the search.

Another two planes are scheduled to join the efforts today, the statement said.

At 11.55pm yesterday, Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing sent off the Formidable-class frigate, the RSS Supreme, and a missile corvette, the RSS Valour.

Mr Chan commended the Republic of Singapore Navy servicemen for mobilising at short notice and wished them well for the operation.

The CAAS will also be sending an officer to Jakarta to assist in the coordination with the Indonesian authorities on search operations.

The Ministry of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Bureau has also offered the Indonesian authorities two teams of specialists and two sets of underwater locator beacon detectors to assist with the search.

By about 7.50pm yesterday, Indonesian officials said the search in the Java Sea had been halted due to fading light.

The search will resume at first light today.