Japan will send a team to Malaysia to help with the search of the aircraft that went missing last Saturday. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced that a four-man team would head to Malaysia to aid in the search operations of the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished, the first time Self-Defense Force personnel would be sent abroad to help search for a missing aircraft.
The team composed of some SDF crew is set to leave on Wednesday for Kuala Lumpur. Japan also intends to send an Air Self-Defense Force C-130 transport plane to help with the search operations as soon as an official request from Malaysia comes. The aircraft, carrying 239 passengers and crew members, was on their way to Beijing, China. It disappeared mysteriously as it passed over the South China Sea, shortly after departing from Kuala Lumpur. Other nations including the United States, China and Singapore have already joined the search.
Onodera met with other key ministers from the new National Security Council to talk about possible help in the search operations of the missing aircraft. His announcement follows the press conference where Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced that the Malaysian government has sought the assistance of Japan in looking for the missing airplane.
[via Jiji Press]