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Mt. Salak: An airplane
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The Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed on Wednesday isn't the only airplane to have gone down near or on Mount Salak in West Java.

Turbulence and unstable weather caused by the region's mountainous terrain have contributed to six other airplane accidents in the area.

All the accidents involved fatalities.

Before the Sukhoi crashed on Wednesday with around 50 passengers, three people died when their training aircraft crashed near Cibunar village, northwest of Mt. Salak.

The incident with the greatest loss of life up till Wednesday was the 18 deaths that followed the crash of an Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) on the mountain in June 2008.

Crashes near or on Mt. Salak also killed seven in October 2003, two in April 2004, five in June 2004 and one in October 2002, tempo.co reported.

The ill-fated Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed near Mt. Salak losing contact with air-traffic controllers on Wednesday afternoon.

A Navy helicopter discovered the heavily damaged airplane at 9:15 a.m. on a hill near Mt. Salak at a height of 1,600 meters above sea level. (png)

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