Indonesia Air Crash? – Russian Sukhoi ‘Superjet-100’ lost contact: AV Herald

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Asia, Aviation & Airports (General News), Russia
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[Aviation Herald] – UPDATED STORY HERE….

A Russian built Suhkoi Superjet 100 aircraft on a promotional tour of Asia lost radio contact with local air traffic controllers in Western Indonesia earlier today.

ukhoi Superjet 100 is designed for transportation of 98 passengers

Sukhoi Superjet 100 is designed for transportation of 98 passengers Photo: Wikipedia

The aircraft with 36 passengers and 6 crew plus 2 Sukhoi executives on board was flying from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on a round demonstration flight. As it neared regions called Mount Salak and Bogor, about 40 miles south of Jakarta it vanished from radar and radio contact was lost.

Indonesian air transport officials stated that the aircraft was flying at about 10,000 feet near Mount Salak at 3:30pm local time when the crew requested a descent to 6000 feet.

The request was granted by local air traffic control; this was the last contact that they had with the aircraft.

Radar contact was lost as the aircraft descended in a right hand turn, at the previously requested height between Mount Salak and Mount Gede.

Search flights had been initiated in the area but were suspended after nightfall. On the ground a search team was deployed, and arrived after nightfall in the Mount Salak area. They will be joined by a second team in the morning at first light.

Mount Salak is 2,211 meters (7254 feet) high, nearby Mount Gede is 2,958 meters (9,705 feet) high.

The Sukhoi aircraft arrived in Jakarta on May 8th 2012, on the fourth stop of a six-nation “Welcome Asia!” road show after having already been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. It was supposed to head next to Laos and Vietnam.

Sukhoi is Russia’s major aircraft holding company, employing more than 26,000 people.

Read the original report from the Aviation Herald….

Reporting by Chris Newman
from the original story by the Aviation Herald
9th May, 2012


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