31 Oct 2005

Singapore to help in search for helicopter missing in Papua

3:07 pm on 31 October 2005

The Singapore Air Force has sent a special team and an unmanned aircraft to help Indonesia find a helicopter

with five people on board that went missing in the province of Papua on October the 12th.

Jayapura Air Base chief Colonel Anang Murdianto said a 29-strong team from the Singapore Air Force began

searching for the missing Twin Pack helicopter on Friday.

Colonel Murdianto said the Singaporeans were using a sophisticated Unmanned Air drone with an infrared camera to search for the wreckage.

The Twin Pack helicopter went missing on its way to the village of Benawa, 150 kilometers southeast of Jayapura.

The Indonesian Air Force and local search and rescue had called off a search for the aircraft last week, citing procedural restrictions.

An aging fleet has often been blamed for the spate of military aviation accidents in Indonesia during the past few years.