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SBY urges rescuers to find
survivors

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is pushing for search and rescue teams to complete their evacuation efforts for surviving victims in the ill-fated Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100, at a press conference in Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, East Jakarta, on Friday.

"If there are still survivors from the accident, please find them," the President said.

He also warned the nation about the potential spread of deceptive information, and urged journalists to be as objective as they can be in reporting news related to the Sukhoi accident.

"Please don't let unclear and misleading news get spread around," he said.

The President said that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin last night, and added that Putin has sent his condolences over what had happened.

"We have agreed to work together in the search and rescue effort, and to analyze the circumstances surrounding the accident," the President added.

The President’s visit to Halim Perdanakusuma Airport was also used as an occasion to console family members of passengers who were in Wednesday's accident. He shook hands with the grieving relatives and offered them words of advice, telling them to "be strong".

Accompanying the President was First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, as well as several Cabinet ministers, such as Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto.

The Russia-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft went messing an hour after it had departed from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on Wednesday.

An Air Force helicopter found the wreckage of the crash at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, at a height of 5,500 feet, in the foothills of Mt. Salak in Cidahu, Sukabumi, West Java.

As of this reporting, members of the search and rescue team said that they have located the debris of the downed Sukhoi Superjet 100 plan on a steep cliff near the Ciapus River, and is now trying to reach the river’s upper section to get closer. (png)

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