Skip to comments.Bodies found as searchers reach wreckage of Russian jet that crashed in Indonesia.
Posted on 05/10/2012 2:58:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill
JAKARTA, Indonesia Rescuers say they have discovered bodies near the wreckage of a Russian-made passenger plane that smashed into a steep Indonesian volcano with 45 people on board.
Search and rescue spokesman Gagah Prakoso said his teams reached the remote, rugged site near the crater on Thursday afternoon.
They found the Sukhoi Superjet-100 scattered along the jungly slopes.
Family members, many of whom spent a long, sleepless night at the airport, broke down in tears on hearing the news the plane had been spotted on the side of a cliff Thursday morning. Others stared blankly ahead in disbelief.
"From the pictures we're seeing, it looks like it was a total loss," said Daryatmo, chief of the national search and rescue agency, as the first images flashed across local TV.
The Sukhoi Superjet-100, Russia's first new passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago, was scattered on a steep near the top of Mount Salak, a volcano just 30 miles southwest of Jakarta. The company's blue-and-white logo peeked through the dense canopy of trees.
The location will hamper efforts to evacuate victims, said Gagah Prakoso, adding they will have to be pulled to a hovering helicopter by ropes and nets.
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Damn those pesky mountains.
Reports yesterday suggested the airplane ran out of fuel.
Russia: What accident?
It’ll be *sanitized* from history and all records, soon enough.
New word, like “White-Hispanics”. C’mon, keep up, V. LOL.
Actually, more than half of the systems in this aircraft were sourced outside of Russia, and many of them from the USA. This was (for Russia) cutting-edge tech and not at all suck. But you are still right: Soviet-style systems management is back in a big way. We don't know why this bird crashed yet, but with brute force engineering behind it, who knows? An immature module, poor or incomplete integration, an overheated schedule that eliminaed key tests or a nervous and inexperienced pilot in an unfamiliar and possibly buggy cockpit environment...anything could have happened.
In the past, the Soviet method had few consequences, because there was no competition and little financial pressure. Soviet airlines accepted buggy jets and shrugged when they crashed and burned. They couldn't run out and buy Boeings instead, after all! This may be a wake-up call for Russia, especially if contracts are cancelled.
I thought they were saying that, after the plane failed to return to the airport at 3 hours, after what was supposed to be a flight of 30 minutes or so, they would have then been out of fuel. That's different from suggesting the cause might have been running out.
Making a fly-by of a mountain or volcano, for a look-see, is dangerous for several reasons.
In this case the mountain may have been partially obscured by clouds, and an attempt to get under the clouds for a close look could have been the cause.
Also, air currents from wind around the mountain can cause down drafts and updrafts and shear.
Sometime back, a chartered DC-10 full of tourists flew into a mountain in Antartica, in broad daylight. There wasn’t anything wrong with that particular airplane, or the type.
“Rain Foresty” just doesn’t sound right.