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Pilot pushed jet to ‘show off’

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 14 2012   /  08:01 am

As search-and-rescue (SAR) teams continue to airlift the bodies of passengers of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 from Mt. Salak, West Java, on Sunday, more clues have been found indicating that its pilot pushed the aircraft to show its capacity to potential buyers.

Confirming Russian Vice President Dmitry Rogozin’s statement that human error may have been to blame for the crash, an official with the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) who was on the first demonstration flight of the Superjet on Wednesday morning said that the pilot performed extreme maneuvers to test the capability of the aircraft.

INACA secretary-general Tengku Burhanuddin said that the pilot intentionally took the aircraft through clouds several times during the flight, causing turbulence.

“They wanted to prove how good the Superjet 100 was. That is what people do when they loo...