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Indonesian, Russian investigators probe into plane crash

(Xinhua)

13:47, May 11, 2012

Photo taken by Indonesian Air force with Super Puma Helicopter shows the wreckage of a Russian-made commercial plane Sukhoi Superjet 100 that disappeared Wednesday at the height of 5,800 feet (1800 meters) on the edge of Mount Salak, a volcanic mountain range south of Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, on May 10, 2012. The debris of the plane was found Thursday here. (Xinhua/Indonesian Air Force)

JAKARTA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Investigators from Indonesia and Russia have started investigation into the crash of Sukhoi super jet-100 plane in mountainous area of West Java, Indonesian investigator said here Friday.

The Sukhoi commercial plane carrying Russian businessmen, officials of Russian embassy office in Jakarta and journalists, went down during a promotion flight on Wednesday at the Bogor regency near Jakarta.

"Russian investigators have headed to the scene since this ( Friday) morning. They will investigate along with our investigators," Franswenas, an investigator from Indonesian Transport Safety Committee told Xinhua by phone.

The accident took place when the plane was trying to descend from an altitude of 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet on its way to return the air force base in East Jakarta, said Transport Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan.

The pilot contacted the official at the traffic control in main airport in Jakarta, according to a report.

One of the focuses of the investigation would be why the plane descended to a dangerous low level.

"Besides, the investigators would investigate classic cases, such as the aspects of human, aircraft and environment," he said.

Earlier the Russian investigative commission's spokesman Vladimir Markin said the commission would look into possible criminal cases stemming from the plane crash by investigating, among others, technicians who prepared the plane for the demonstration flight and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft employees responsible for the Sukhoi project, the Jakarta Post reported.

An Indonesian Air Force helicopter found the plane wreckage at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, at a height of 5,500 feet, in the foothills of Mt. Salak in Cidahu, of Bogor regency.

Rescuers arrived at the scene on Thursday and found no sigh of a survivor, Gagah Prakoso, spokesman of Indonesian Search and Rescue Office told Xinhua.

Picture of the wrecakage showed that the plane, with 45 passengers and eight crew members on board, had broken into many small pieces.

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