A new Russian-made civilian plane carrying 50 people went missingin Indonesia while flying over mountains Wednesday during ademonstration flight for potential buyers and journalists,officials said. Rescue teams were searching the area just south of the capital,said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation.Bad weather, however, forced at least two helicopters to turn back. Changing course The Sukhoi Superjet-100 took off from Jakarta’s Halim PerdanakusumaAirport at 2:21 p.m. (7:21 a.m. Mobile Antenna Bracket
GMT). It dropped off the radar 21 minutes later near the Salak mountainrange, after the crew asked air traffic control for permission todescend from 3,000 metres to 1,800 metres. No explanation was given for the change of course. Though drizzlingat the time, it was not stormy. Wireless Data Antenna Manufacturer
“I saw a big plane passing just over my house,” Juanda, a villagerwho lives near the 2,200-meter mountain, told local station TVOne. “It was veering a bit to one side, the engine roaring,” she said.”It seemed to be heading toward Salak, but I didn’t hear anexplosion or anything.” Diplomats, journalists on board Rear Marshal Daryatmo, chief of the national search and rescueagency, said several diplomats from the Russian Embassy, potentialbuyers from major Indonesian airlines and journalists were on boardwhat was supposed to be a 50-minute demonstration flight thesecond of the day. Together with the Russian crew, the plane was carrying 50 people,said Sunaryo, from PT Trimarga Rekatama, the company that wasresponsible for the guest list. Like many Indonesians, both Sunaryoand Daryatmo use only one name. Though the air search was called off by early evening, soldiers,police and air force personnel joined the land-based rescueefforts. China Telescopic Antenna
They were expected to continue through the night, but theterrain was rough and difficult to navigate after darkness fell. “Hopefully they’ll be able to reach the location tonight,” Daryatmosaid. New Russian airliner Developed by the Russian aerospace company Sukhoi in co-operationwith Western partners, the plane is the first completely newairliner designed by Russia since the Soviet collapse. Russia has hoped that the short- to mid-range jet, which made itsmaiden flight in 2008, would help it break into internationalmarkets dominated by Boeing and Airbus. It was on the fourth stop of a six-nation “Welcome Asia!” road showafter having already been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
Itwas supposed to head next to Laos and Vietnam.