Government of India has pledged its full support to the Malaysian Government in the ongoing multi-national search and rescue effort for the missing airliner MH 370. Ministry of Defence approved the deployment of Indian Armed Forces assets for the purpose. Accordingly a C-130 Hercules of the Indian Air Force and a long range Maritime Surveillance Aircraft P8 I of the Navy have been dispatched to augment the search and rescue operations today.
These aircrafts left earlier in the day and have reached Subang Airport close to Kuala Lumpur in the evening. Both the aircraft are capable of carrying out search over large areas and have adequate endurance to be airborne for long durations. The crew is being briefed by the Malaysian authorities. Once the search areas are indicated, these aircraft will commence the operations from tomorrow onwards. HQ Integrated Defence Staff is in touch with Indian Defence Attaché at Malaysia and coordinating the operations that are likely continue for some time.