Britain said on Tuesday it had sent one million euros ($1.30 million) in cash to Cyprus aboard a military plane for its troops on the island in case cash machines and debit cards stop working.

"An RAF flight left for Cyprus this afternoon with ���1M on board as a contingency measure to provide military personnel and their families with emergency loans in the event that cash machines and debit cards stop working completely," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

($1 = 0.7717 euros)

(Reporting by Peter Griffiths; editing by Stephen Addison)