Contact lost with Russian made plane in Indonesia
May 10, 2012, 12:20 am TWN
JAKARTA, Indonesia--A Russian-made plane carrying 46 people lost contact with air controllers while flying over mountains during a demonstration flight Wednesday in western Indonesia, officials said.
Search and rescue teams were heading to the area, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation. Bad weather, however, forced at least two helicopters to turn back.
The Sukhoi Superjet-100, a civilian plane, took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport at 2 p.m. (0700 GMT) and was scheduled to return 50 minutes later.
Air controllers lost contact after the crew asked permission to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet (3,000 meters to 1,800 meters) near the Salak mountains in West Java province, said Rear Marshal Daryatmo, chief of the national search and rescue agency.