Singapore sends team to help identify bodies of those on board AirAsia flight QZ8501

Singapore sends team to help identify bodies of those on board AirAsia flight QZ8501
SMS Masagos Zulkifli, pictured here with Supt Sng May Yen, saw the Singapore Disaster Victim Identification team off to Surabaya, at Changi Airport on Jan 3, 2015.

SINGAPORE - A Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team comprising six officers from the Singapore Police Force and two forensic experts from the Health Sciences Authority departed on Saturday for Surabaya to assist Indonesia in identifying victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501.


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Here is the joint statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Ministry of Transport:

INDONESIA ACCEPTS SINGAPORE'S OFFER OF DISASTER VICTIM IDENTIFICATION TEAM

Indonesia has accepted Singapore's offer of a Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team on 2 January 2015.

At 1500 hours this afternoon, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zukifli joined family members to send off the DVI team at Changi Airport as they departed for Surabaya.

The DVI team, comprising two forensic experts from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and six officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF), will assist our Indonesian counterparts in the identification of victims.

In addition, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Victory-class missile corvette RSS Valour, initially scheduled to depart for Singapore yesterday, was re-assigned to assist with the search operations after possible sightings by servicemen on board the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Super Puma helicopter. It is now scheduled to depart for Singapore this evening.

All five RSN ships conducted search operations in the search area today. They have retrieved personal items and aircraft debris.

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