Russian plane disappears in demonstration flight in Indonesia

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Aquila Non Capit Muscas Staff Member

    Jakarta, Indonesia - Russia's newest civilian airliner disappeared Wednesday from radar screens during a half-hour demonstration flight in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, state-run RIA Novosti news service reported.

    There were 44 passengers on board.

    The plane went missing at about 2 p.m. in the area of Bogor, West Java, Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told Metro TV.

    The pilots requested permission to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet, air traffic controllers said. After that, all radio contact was lost.


    The plane began making its descent but vanished from radar screens at 6,200 feet in a mountainous area.

    By the time the plane was due to return it should have burned up its fuel, RIA Novosti said.

    The Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplane arrived in Jakarta as part of a demonstration tour of six Asian countries. It had been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, and was due to visit Laos and Vietnam after Indonesia, RIA Novosti said.

    Sukhoi manufactures military aircraft and is known especially for its fighter jets. Its civilian aircraft is narrow-bodied with a dual-class cabin that can transport 100 passengers over regional routes. It flew its maiden flight in 2008.

    In March, a Superjet 100 operated by Russia's Aeroflot Airlines was forced to abandon its flight to Astrakhan, Russia, and return to Moscow because of problems with the undercarriage, according to RIA Novosti.

    A similar defect in another Aeroflot-operated Superjet 100 plane had to be fixed in Minsk in December.

    Russia's state-run United Aircraft Corp. said the defect did not affect passenger safety.
  2. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino SENIOR MEMBER

    IS It had Stealth...or It's a 7th Gen Cargo Aircraft....
  3. DragonKnight

    DragonKnight SENIOR MEMBER

    Till it's reported that the crew and the passengers are safe...let's not make fun out of it brother
  4. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor SENIOR MEMBER

    Oh man- I had great expectations of the SUperjet 100. Hope they're safe.
  5. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino SENIOR MEMBER

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  6. tunguska

    tunguska SENIOR MEMBER

    Yes crisis group in jakarat have placed the helicopters for search operation.
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  7. DragonKnight

    DragonKnight SENIOR MEMBER

    Indonesia searchers 'find missing Russia jet wreckage' | BBC News

    Indonesian officials say a helicopter has spotted what is thought to be wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet plane that disappeared on Wednesday.

    The Sukhoi Superjet 100 disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Jakarta for a brief demonstration flight.

    Official said the helicopter had seen what it thought was debris on the side of a cliff near a dormant volcano.

    About 50 people are said to have been on board the aircraft.

    There was no information given about the fate of those on the plane, but a search and rescue operation is continuing in the area.

    The jet vanished near the city of Bogor. An eyewitness subsequently reported seeing an aircraft flying low in mountainous terrain around Mt Salak.

    Eight Russian pilots and technicians, Indonesian airline representatives and journalists were among those on board the plane.

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    Aerial searches for the plane on Wednesday were hampered by darkness and strong winds. Fog early on Thursday also delayed search efforts.

    The plane took off from east Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma airport at 14:00 (07:00 GMT) on Wednesday, on its second flight of the day.

    At 14:50, it was recorded as dropping from 10,000ft (3,000m) to 6,000ft near Salak, a peak measuring 7,200ft (2,200m).

    Juanda, a villager who lives near the mountain, told local TV: "I saw a big plane passing just over my house."

    Rescue teams on the ground were working to reach the site where the debris was spotted, officials said.

    Sukhoi officials have been on an Asia-wide tour in recent months to show off their aircraft to airline firms.

    The Superjet, a mid-range airliner that can carry up to 100 people, is military plane-maker Sukhoi's first commercial aviation plane.

    It was created by a joint venture, majority-owned by Sukhoi, with Italy's Finmeccanica and a number of other foreign and Russian firms also involved.

    Sukhoi aimed to sell 42 of its planes to Indonesia, which has witnessed a fast-expanding aviation market to cater for a growing middle class in the world's fourth most populous nation, Reuters adds.
  8. booo

    booo FULL MEMBER

    sad news :(
    Debris of the Russian Sukhoi SuperJet-100, which dropped off radar during a demonstration flight Wednesday, have been found on a cliff of Mount Salak, say Indonesian Air Force officials. No word has yet come about the fate of the 48 people on board.
    "Rescuers on the helicopters could clearly see the wreckage located at the top of Mount Salak," including the blue-and-white of the aircraft maker, says Gagah Prakoso, a spokesman for the Search and Rescue National Agency.
    "There is no sign of any of the passengers," he said, adding the helicopters are trying to move closer to the wrechage now.
    The scattered debris of the Russian-made plane was spotted on a cliff of Salak, a volcano in Java's west, around at the coordinates, where it disappeared from the screens.
    Ali Umri Lubis, a spokesman for a military airbase, says the plane was spotted in the Cijeruk area, near Mount Salak, close to the city of Bogor in West Java. The plane went down at an elevation of about 1,500 meters (5,000 feet).
    Three helicopters and over 600 rescuers resumed a search operation around Salak on Thursday morning. Before that Indonesian authorities still expressed hope that the plane had made an emergency landing. But the capital's Emergency Agency chief, Ketut Parwa, admitted that if there had been an emergency landing, some information via the radio or phone calls would have been received by now.
    The 48 people onboard included Indonesian businessmen, Russian embassy officials and journalists. Earlier reports suggested the plane took off with 50 people, but then it proved two Indonesian men had decided to skip the demonstration flight.
    Relatives of the missing passengers started streaming to Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta on Wednesday night. The shattering news of the found wreckage reduced many to tears.
    Russia's first all-new passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union disappeared from radar screens south of the capital Jakarta on Wednesday, 21 minutes into what was meant to be a brief demonstration flight. The vehicle was taking part in an international air show in Indonesia when it got lost around Salakat about 0800 GMT first descending to 6,000 feet.
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a special commission comprising members of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Industry and the airplane manufacturer to investigate the incident.
    Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced that Indonesian aviation experts will work together with Russians to I investigate the incident.
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  9. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor SENIOR MEMBER

    RIP the dead.


    a great setback to sukhoi in terms of civilian planes market. RIP to the dead.
  11. MyRaven


    A sad incident indeed. RIP to the dead.
  12. Blackwater

    Blackwater SENIOR MEMBER

    future sale of SU-100 finished
  13. Vritra

    Vritra THINK TANK

    How the hell did they let this happen? No technical issues, preflight checks performed, experienced pilots + crew, smooth demonstration flights before... Something smells here. That descent to 6000 feet over unfamiliar terrain, for one. The aircraft has no radar, so they couldn't've known they were flying into a mountain side. This has to have been caused by ground control.

    ...Maybe its premature to call it, but unless the crash investigation team and the black box indicates otherwise, that's what it is.

    Condolences to the families of the deceased. I hope whatever compensation you are given helps in any way possible.
  14. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino SENIOR MEMBER

    Last photo before the Sukhoi Superjet-100 missing



    Are the Russian's using Ch. . . . .foreign made part's!!??:oops:

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