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Six helicopters dispatched for search at Superjet crash site

May 11, 2012, 11:28 UTC+3

He noted that the debris of the airliner is located on a steep vertical rock on the Salak Mountain

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BANGKOK, May 11 (Itar-Tass) — The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency dispatched six helicopters for the evacuation of those dead in the crash of the airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100, head of the agency Vice-Marshal Dariatmo said on Friday. Two helicopters were dispatched from the airport Halim Perdanakusuma in eastern Jakarta, two from the military base Atang Sanjaya in Bogor and two helicopters from the airbase Sentul, all in all, six helicopters, Dariatmo said.

He noted that the debris of the airliner is located on a steep vertical rock on the Salak Mountain. Cables will be used or temporary helicopter landing sites will be created for the soonest evacuation, Dariatmo said.

The rescuers have already advanced, they are 600 metres away from the debris of the airliner, the rocks are very steep, the plumb line of the rock is 85 degrees, but the helicopter landing sites are ready, Dariatmo said.

The paratroopers, who landed from the helicopter higher that the Superjet crash site, cannot go down to the airplane crash site yet. The rescuers on the ground going up from the foothills should cross the river. The use of helicopters is complicated by a rough terrain and the bad weather, particularly a heavy fog and high winds. About five and a half hours remains until the sunset at the air crash site.

The Russian airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed during a demonstration flight on May 9. Its crash site was spotted not far from Jakarta in the hard-to-reach location at an altitude of 1.5 kilometres on the slope of the Salak Mountain.

According to available reports, the Superjet airliner was carrying 45 people, including eight Russians, citizens of Indonesia, the United States, Italy and France.


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