Wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) that crashed in Indonesia Wednesday has been located. Indonesian authorities said they had discovered bodies, but no survivors.
SSJ100. Courtesy, RIA Novosti/Grigoriy Sysoev
Wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) that crashed in Indonesia Wednesday has been located. Indonesian authorities said they had discovered bodies, but no survivors (ATW Daily News, May 10).
Different numbers from between 45 and 50 have been given for how many were onboard the Russian-built aircraft, which was flown by Sukhoi test pilots in a demonstration flight as part of a sales and marketing tour across Asia, an important customer base for the new Russian jet.
Sukhoi said an investigation would start immediately.
Executives from several Indonesian carriers were among the guests onboard, including three Kartika Airlines representatives. The company’s operations chief, Aan Husandi Wiganda, was among them.
A Kartika executive told the Jakarta Post newspaper that delivery of its 30 SSJ100s ordered in 2008 would likely be delayed pending the results of the crash investigation. Deliveries are scheduled to start in September (ATW Daily News, Dec. 8, 2008).
A search and rescue helicopter located wreckage of the aircraft on the side of Mount Salak, a volcanic mountain in Bogor, West Java, at 9:15 a.m. local time May 10, the morning after the crash. Indonesian authorities said the pilots requested to descend from 10,000 ft. to 6,000 ft. and shortly afterward the aircraft disappeared from radar.
The SSJ100 is in service with two airlines—Aeroflot, which has taken delivery of seven aircraft, and Armavia has one aircraft (ATW Daily News, April 20, 2011). Other SSJ100 customer airlines include Interjet, Kartika, Lao Central Airlines, Orient Thai Airlines and Sky Aviation. A total of around 340 orders and options have been placed, with many deliveries due to start this year.
The aircraft was certified at the end of last month to operate in the high north latitude area, after undergoing trials at Yakutia’s Tiksi Airport, located at the 71.7 degree of the north latitude (ATW Daily News, April 30). It was granted its type certificate A-176 from the European Aviation Safety Agency in February (ATW Daily News, Feb. 7).