Singapore, January 18: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday, officially ended its deployment in the multitiol search operation for the AirAsia plane, which crashed in the Java Sea on December 28, with 162 people on board, the SAF said in a press release. The Singapore vy ship MV Swift Rescue, which found the fuselage of the ill–fated plane, returned to the Changi val Base Sunday morning, Xinhua reported, citing the SAF.
Singapore’s Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen along with senior SAF officers, received MV Swift Rescue at the val base, and a minute of silence was observed for the victims of the accident. Ng praised the contributions of those who took part in the search operation.
“Our SAF servicemen and women gave their best efforts for the search operations,” he said, adding that “their efforts helped bring closure to the families of the victims and provide answers to the cause of the accident”. The cockpit voice recorder, a part of the black box of the crashed plane, was retrieved on Tuesday from the Java sea floor and the main section of the fuselage of the aircraft was located on Wednesday. (IANS)