JAKARTA, May 10 (RIA Novosti)
In this picture released by Indonesian Air Force, the wreckage of a missing Sukhoi Superjet-100 are scattered on the mountainside in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Thursday, May 10, 2012. The new Russian-made passenger plane disappeared Wednesday during a demonstration flight with 47 people on board. (AP Photo/Indonesian Air Force)
Indonesian soldiers read maps at Taman Nasional Halimun Salak in Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia, Thursday morning, May 10, 2012. Search and rescue teams were scouring the slopes of a dormant volcano in western Indonesia early Thursday for signs of a new Russian-made passenger plane that dropped off the radar while on a demonstration flight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane, on a demonstration flight in Jakarta, went off radar screens on Wednesday, Indonesian aviation authorities saiThere are 44 people on board, including eight Russians and 36 foreign natioplane has failed to return to the airport after a demonstration flight.
Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane, on a demonstration flight in Jakarta, went off radar screens on Wednesday, Indonesian aviation authorities said.
There are 44 people on board, including eight Russians and 36 foreign nationals.
Indonesian authorities suggested the airplane may have been hijacked or crashed into a mountain in poor visibility.
The plane has failed to return to the airport after a demonstration flight.
Shortly before radio contact was lost the pilots had requested permission to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet, air traffic controllers said.
After it was cleared for descent the plane started turning right and descending but then disappeared from the radar screens at an altitude of 6,200 feet in a mountainous area.
By the time the plane was due to return it should have burned up its fuel.
Earlier in the day the SSJ-100 carried out two demonstration flights in the Indonesian capital as the manufacturer said Pakistan’s Air Indus has shown an interest in purchasing eight SSJ-100s.The SSJ-100 arrived in Jakarta as part of a demonstration tour of six Asian countries. It had been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, and after Indonesia was due to visit Laos and Vietnam..
Russian passenger jet reported missing in Indonesia
A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane with at least 44 people aboard has gone missing on a demonstration flight in Indonesia, reports say.
The plane disappeared from radar screens during a flight meant to last 30 minutes, a blogger with the Sukhoi delegation said.
Helicopters were dispatched to look for the jet, thought to have been flying near a mountain, Sergey Dolya said.
Emergency services confirmed a Sukhoi plane was missing.
Gagah Prakoso, spokesman for Indonesia's national search and rescue agency, said 46 people had been aboard the plane, which vanished from radar near Bogor, a city in West Java province.
"We are still looking for it and we are uncertain whether it crashed," he was quoted as saying by AFP news agency in the capital, Jakarta.
Dolya tweeted that there were 44 people aboard, eight of them Russians.