New Russian passenger jet on demonstration flight disappears

Rick Moran
Let's just say this isn't the kind of publicity that the Russian aerospace company Sukhoi was looking for. BBC: A new Russian passenger jet carrying 46 people has gone missing on a demonstration flight in Indonesia, after taking off from Jakarta. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes into what was meant to be a brief flight. An eyewitness reported seeing a low-flying plane flying towards a mountain but did not hear any explosion. Aerial searches for the plane have been hampered by darkness and wet weather. But rescuers have continued looking for the plane on the ground. The plane, which took off at 07:00 GMT, is believed to have had about four hours' fuel aboard, the BBC's Karishma Vaswani reports from Jakarta. Gagah Prakoso, spokesman for Indonesia's national search and rescue agency, said 46 people had been aboard the plane, which vanished from radar near Bogor, a city in West Java province. He told BBC News it was unclear who was on board because...(Read Full Post)

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