Kartika Airlines may delay
Sukhoi aircraft delivery

An executive of Indonesian domestic carrier PT Kartika Airlines says that the delivery of 30 Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft that his company ordered will likely be delayed following the plane crash on Wednesday night.

Arifin Seman, the commissioner of the Jakarta-based Kartika Airlines, said late on Wednesday that his office would give the Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi a chance to investigate the cause of the incident.

The first delivery of the Sukhoi aircrafts was scheduled for September this year.

“We will let their team inspect the cause of the incident. It could be caused by the plane’s engine, its control system or the navigation system. Currently, we are still in a passive position,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.

The unfortunate Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 went missing near Mt. Salak in West Java at 2:33 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday. A rescue helicopter finally discovered the missing airplane at 9:15 a.m. on a hillside of Mt. Salak in Bogor, West Java, at the height of 5,500 feet above sea level.

Three officials of the Kartika Airlines, including the company’s operational chief Capt. Aan Husandi Wiganda, were on board.

Kartika Airlines had agreed to order 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes in a contract estimated to total US$951 million in July 2010 at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England.

The agreement marked Kartika Airlines as the first company in Southeast Asia to purchase the new Super Jet 100 (SSJ-100) airplanes. (asa)

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