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22 containers with SSJ100 crash victims’ remains taken to Jakarta military hospital

May 13, 2012, 19:16 UTC+3

The SSJ100 crashed during a show flight on May 9. It had 45 people aboard, among them eight citizens of Russia

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MOSCOW, May 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Twenty-two containers with the remains of the victims of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) in Indonesia have been taken to the Jakarta military hospital, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told Itar-Tass.

“Two search parties kept looking for the remains and flight data recorders on the crash scene on May 13. Twenty-two containers with the remains were brought to the Jakarta military hospital. Russian coroners are assisting the identification,” it said.

The search was suspended until Monday dawn. “The search for the remains is over for today. It will resume at 6:00 a.m. local time (3:00 a.m. Moscow time) on May 14. The search may be complete with a day,” the corporation said. “No flight data recorders have been found so far.”

According to the official reports, the rescuers did not find large plane fragments but the fin surface and a wing part. “The works will continue downhill in the morning, and larger plane fragments may be found there.”

Indonesian authorities formed a commission for the investigating the crash on May 12. The National Transportation Safety Committee is holding the investigation. The investigative team led by Dr. Ir Mardjono has 25 members. The team has five groups analyzing the piloting, the engineering aspects, the human factor and the flight data and handling management matters. There is a Russian representative in each of the groups.

The SSJ100 crashed during a show flight on May 9. It had 45 people aboard, among them eight citizens of Russia. Plane fragments were found in the Mount Salak area near Jakarta, at the altitude of 1,500 meters.

The Sukhoi website posted a list of 45 passengers and crewmembers of the crashed jet. Eight victims were citizens of Russia, 35 – citizens of Indonesia, one citizen of France and one citizen of the United States.

Several hundreds of Indonesian rescuers and 41 Russian specialists are working on the crash scene. Indonesian detectives have questioned air traffic controllers who gave support to the last flight of the Russian jetliner. The difficult terrain and visibility limited with clouds and fog complicate the works.

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