Cidahu (Indonesia): Rescuers discovered bodies on Thursday near the shattered wreckage of a new Russian-made passenger plane that smashed into the steep side of an Indonesian volcano during a flight to impress potential buyers. All 45 people on board were feared dead.
Due to the remoteness of the crash site, the bodies will be placed in nets and lifted by ropes to a hovering chopper, national search and rescue agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso said. They will be evacuated to the capital, Jakarta, for identification by family members.
"So far we haven't found any survivors, but we are still searching," he said, as more soldiers, police and volunteers hiked through the mist-shrouded slopes toward the wreck.
"I cannot say anything about the condition of the bodies," said Prakoso, but he added: "A high speed jet plane hit the cliff, exploded and tore apart."...more
03:24 PM, May 10, 2012
Cidahu: A helicopter spotted the shattered wreckage of a Russian-made passenger plane Thursday that crashed into a steep cliff on a long-dormant Indonesian volcano during a demonstration flight to potential buyers and journalists. There was no sign of survivors among the 47 people on board. Family members, many of whom spent a long, sleepless night at the airport, broke down in tears on hearing the news. Others stared blankly ahead...
08:36 AM, May 10, 2012
Jakarta: A Russian-made plane carrying 46 people lost contact with air controllers while flying over mountains during a demonstration flight on Wednesday in western Indonesia, officials said. Search and rescue teams were heading to the area, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation. Bad weather, however, forced at least two helicopters to turn back. The Sukhoi Superjet-100, a civilian plane, took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport...
06:16 PM, May 09, 2012