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A man looking at the flight information board at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, March 9, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat IsaA man looking at the flight information board at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, March 9, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat IsaSINGAPORE, March 12 — Singapore continues to help the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which enters its fifth day, said the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

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  • Military personnel look out of a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C130 transport plane as they search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane over the South China Sea, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • Women leave messages of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • A crew member checking a map on-board a Vietnamese Air Force Russian-made MI-171 helicopter during a search flight some 200km over the southern Vietnamese waters off Phu Quoc island on March 12, 2014. ― AFP pic

  • Relatives of passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane wait on a bus after picking up their Malaysian visas at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing on March 12, 2014. ― AFP pic

  • A member of the military personnel looks out of a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C130 transport plane during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane over the South China Sea, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • A woman writes messages of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • Relatives of passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane pick up their Malaysian visas at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing on March 12, 2014. ― AFP pic

  • Military personnel look out of a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C130 transport plane as they search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane over the South China Sea, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • Zamani Zakaria, 56, the father of a passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane, speaks to journalists at a hotel where family members of those aboard the flight are being put up, in Putrajaya, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • Notes from a meeting with officials of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation and the Chinese joint working group after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a hotel at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 12, 2014.

  • A family member of a passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane cries as she enters a hotel where family members of those aboard the flight are being put up, in Putrajaya, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • Family members of passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 leave a rest area after a morning meeting at Lido Hotel in Beijing, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • A tourist from Vietnam writes a message expressing hope for family members and those on-board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • A woman writes a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 12, 2014. ― Reuters pic

  • A member of Philippine Air Force Search and Rescue team aboard a C130 military plane searches for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on western Philippine sea March 11, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Ibrahim Mat Zin (centre), a local well-known ‘bomoh’, holds two coconuts as he performs a ritual to help finding the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Deputy Commander of Vietnam 918 Air Brigade Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Tri Thuc speaks with the media after a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, that disappeared from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday, at a military airport in Ho Chi Minh City March 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein answers questions next to Chief of Armed Forces General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane during a news conference at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • China’s ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang arrives at Cyberview Lodge in Cyberjaya to visit the family members of passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 12, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Members of a Search and Rescue ship look at a map of the Straits of Malacca as they hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, that disappeared from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday, in the Malacca Strait March 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Members of a Search and Rescue ship use binoculars to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, that disappeared from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday, in the Straits of Malacca March 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Representatives from the Taoist, Muslim and Buddhist religions sit next to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup during an interfaith prayer called ‘Hope’ for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at a Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

It said local television Channel NewsAsia (CNA) Singapore flew on board its C130 aircraft to find out more on what went on behind the scenes.

“They also spoke to our Mission Commander for yesterday’s search and locate operations to find out more about the challenges on conducting the mission,” RSAF said in its Facebook posting today.

Captain Reuel Yeow of 122 Squadron that operates the C130 Hercules aircraft said: “It’s a 10-hour flight that we flew today. So fatigue was one issue that we had to deal with, and of course the hot sun didn’t make it any easier.

“So maintaining focus over the whole 10-hour duration and trying to search as detailed as possible was one of the big challenges,” he added.  The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have been assisting in the search-and-locate (SAL) operation for a missing Beijing-bound MAS plane since Saturday when it first deployed RSAF C-130.

On Sunday, the republic assisted with additional assets namely two other RSAF C-130 aircraft, a Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Formidable-class frigate (RSS Steadfast), with a Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopter on board, a submarine support and rescue vessel with divers on board as well as a Missile Corvette (RSS Vigour). — Bernama

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