New Russian Civilian Aircraft On Demo Flight Believed To Have Crashed In Indonesia

Russia's newest entry into the civilian aviation industry may have already failed when a new Sukhoi Superjet-100 is believed to have crashed in Indonesia while on a demonstration flight with potential buyers and journalist on board.

The new jet was using a prototype airframe, 95005, is made in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia and can carry up to 100 people, depending on the configuration. It was in Jakarta Indonesia for a promotional tour when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane somewhere just south of the capital.

The Sukhoi Superjet-100 took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport at 2:21 p.m. (0721 GMT). It dropped off the radar 21 minutes later near the Salak mountain range, after the crew asked air traffic control for permission to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet .

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