Russian plane 'disappears'

A Russian-made plane carrying 46 people lost contact with air controllers while flying over mountains during a demonstration flight in western Indonesia on Wednesday.

No survivors after Russian plane crashes in Indonesia

A rescue team has discovered the wreckage of a Russian plane that disappeared during an exhibition flight in Indonesia.

Rescuers found several bodies but no survivors after the plane was found to have crashed into a mountain during a flight with 45 people on board.

A view of the wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in Mount Salak, West Java province
A view of the wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in Mount Salak, West Java province. Credit: Reuters

Russia said it would take part in the investigation of the crash of its first all-new passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union, a Superjet 100 aircraft that went missing on Wednesday about 40 miles south of Jakarta.

It was carrying Indonesians, including journalists and businessmen, eight Russians including embassy officials, pilots and technicians, as well as two Italians, one French citizen and one American, said Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, the head of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft.

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Wreckage spotted

Indonesia rescuers have spotted wreckage of a Russian Sukhoi aircraft that went missing with up to 50 people on board.

The wreckage, on the edge of a cliff at 5,500 feet (1,650 meters), was spotted by a search helicopter, they said. There was no word about any of those aboard.

Old Sukhoi Superjet-100 model similar to missing plane

The old model bears similarities with the aircraft which vanished today after take-off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.
The old model bears similarities with the aircraft which vanished today after take-off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. Credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Ruslan Krivobok

The old Sukhoi Superjet-100 model is similar to the plane which went missing in Western Indonesia today.

Reports say the new Sukhoi Superjet-100 aircraft was carrying around 50 people before vanishing 20 minutes into the flight.

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Plane disappears during Indonesia demo flight

A plane carrying 46 people lost contact with air controllers while flying over mountains during a demonstration flight in western Indonesia, according to the Associated Press.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation.

Bad weather, however, forced at least two helicopters to turn back in search of the Russian-made aircraft.