The debris of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100, the Russian plane missing 50 minutes after the take off for a demonstration flight, have been seen on the slope of Salak Mountain (Western Java province). Photograph released on May 10, 2012 by the Indonesian Air Force and taken by Indonesian Air Force rescue personnel aboard a helicopter on May 10, 2012, AFP PHOTO / INDONESIAN AIR FORCE
Indonesian rescuers spotted the wreckage of a missing Russian plane which disappeared from the Indonesian radar screens while flying over a mountainous terrain during a demonstration flight with 44/50 people aboard.
Those on board included 8 crew and 36/42 guests, according to figures from the Russian embassy, but the exact number is not confirmed yet.
During a demonstration flight the Superjet 100 (SSJ-100), a new model by Sukhoi, lost contact with the radar station while flying over the sleeping vulcan Salak, near the town of Bogor, 40 miles south of Jakarta.
Initially, the disappearance of the plane raised hijacking suspicions, but the search started at dawn located the wreckage on the slope of Salak Mountain. A rescue helicopter spotted debris on the side of the Mountain after the search was resumed early on Thursday; the rescue operations were in fact stopped because of fog and darkness on late Wednesday.
There was no sign of survivors.