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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-10

Helicopters have located the wreckage of a Russian Sukhoi passenger jet that went missing Wednesday night during a flight demonstration near Indonesia's Salak mountain with at least 47 people on board south of the capital, Jakarta.

AFP - Rescuers found no survivors on Thursday when they reached the mountainous site of a Russian plane crash in western Indonesia, an official said.

"We haven't found any survivors," said Gagah Prakoso, spokesman for the national search and rescue agency.

Rescuers found bodies when they reached the site where the Sukhoi Superjet crashed, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Jakarta, he said.

"We entered the area... and found the dead bodies, but we cannot say about the number," Prakoso added.

There were between 46 and 50 people aboard the plane when it vanished from radar screens on Wednesday, officials said, 50 minutes into what was meant to be a short flight to show off its capabilities to prospective buyers.

A Red Cross official said its team near the site reported bodies scattered close to the wreckage.

Prakoso said that evacuation of the bodies by helicopter was being hampered by bad weather.

"The evacuation is still difficult. By land we'll need 12 hours and by helicopter it would take only 20 minutes, but the weather is impossible," the search agency spokesman said.

"We are preparing a helipad so that tomorrow (Friday) morning, with clear weather, we can evacuate them."


Date created : 2012-05-09