SBY demands full investigation of Sukhoi incident
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered a full investigation into the cause of yesterday's Sukhoi Superjet 100 accident, and wants the search effort to put a priority on rescuing passengers, as he spoke at a press conference on Thursday.
"I hope that there will be a full and careful investigation," the President said at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, as quoted by tempo.co.
"Rescuing survivors, if there are any, is a priority," he added.
The airplane, which carried a total of 50 passengers including crew members, went missing near Mt. Salak in West Java at 2:33 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday.
A search helicopter discovered the airplane on Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. on a hill near Mt. Salak in Bogor, West Java, at the height of 5,500 feet above sea level.
As many as 750 people, divided in 30 rescue teams, were dispatched to comb the Mt. Salak area in Sukabumi, West Java, to look for the airplane’s remains.
The rescuers included members of the National Police (Polri), the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).
The airplane was on a “road show” in several Central and Southeast Asian countries to introduce the airplane by conducting demonstration flights. (png/swd)