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MOSCOW, May 9 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s plane Sukhoi Superjet 100 that disappeared from radars during its demonstration flight in Jakarta, Indonesia, was fully functional, a source in the Russian United Aircraft Building Corporation told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
“The pre-flight preparations were conducted in full volume and the plane was fully flight worthy,” the source said.
“Communication with the Sukhoi Superjet 100 was lost in twenty minutes after the plane started its second demonstration flight,” the source said.
“The plane was making its second demonstration flight within the framework of the demonstration flight program in Indonesia,” the source said. “According to Indonesia’s information, the radio communication with the plane was lost at 14:35 local time (11:35 Moscow time), twenty minutes after the takeoff from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. Now the search operation is underway and a crisis centre was created.”
There were 36 foreigners and a crew of eight Russian citizens onboard.
The plane started its roadshow “Welcome Asia!” in the countries of Central and Southeast Asia. It has already made demonstration flights in Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Myanmar. It should fly to Laos and Vietnam.