Sukhoi Superjet 100 (AP)Indonesian
authorities are still working as of Wednesday evening to locate a Russian-made
Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner, which lost contact with Halim Pedanakusumah
Airport somewhere above Mt. Salak in Bogor, West Java.
Search and Rescue Agency chief, Vice Marshal Daryatmo told The Jakarta Post that his agency’s two helicopters, an NBO-105 and
an NAS-332 Super Puma, had tried to locate the missing aircraft but had to
return to Halim due to bad weather.
“Now we are
mobilizing ground teams in coordination with the local police and military
units to find the aircraft’s whereabouts,” he said over the phone.
He said the last
contact was made at about 2:33 p.m. Jakarta time (GMT +7) and it was reported
that there was bad weather above Mt. Salak,
the last known location of the aircraft.
Russian Embassy’s press attaché, Dmitri Solodov told the Post that the aircraft was on its second demo flight when its
signal was lost from the radar.
He said that
there were 46 people onboard the airliner including eight Russians. The
passengers are believed to be members of the media.
agency RIA Novosti reported that the pilots had requested permission to descend
from 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) to 6,000 feet quoting air traffic controllers.
“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, about 40 nautical miles from Jakarta
airport,” the news agency said.
“By the time the
plane was due to return it should have burned up its fuel.”
From Bandung it
was reported that the International Airport had not received any contact from the
“The radio distance
is too far from Bandung,”
the airport’s operational manager Sutrisno told the Post.
He said the
aircraft took off from Halim at about 2:21 p.m. and did not make radio contact
with Husein Sastranegara’s tower.
The Sukhoi Superjet
100 is a sub-100 seater regional airliner developed by Sukhoi with Western
partners including Italian airframe maker Alenia Aeronautica and French engine