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   Wreckage of Russian Superjet found strewn on Indonesian mountain

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5/10/2012 1:50 am

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OLIVIA RONDONUWU

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Toronto Globe and Mail

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Entered 5/10/2012, Updated 5/10/2012

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A rescue team found no survivors but several bodies on Thursday when it arrived at the wreckage of a Russian plane that crashed into an Indonesian mountain during an exhibition flight with 45 people on board. Russia’s first all-new passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union, a Superjet 100 aircraft, went missing on Wednesday about 64 kilometres south of Jakarta. The jet was developed with Western design advice and technology from companies including Italy’s Finmeccanica , as well as avionics and engine equipment from French aerospace firms Thales and Safran. Built in a converted corner of a Sukhoi fighter factory in Siberia, the Superjet was unveiled in 2007 as part of a drive to restore pride in Russia’s aviation industry, but it ran into a series of development delays. The Superjet 100, with a capacity of 68-103 passengers, is already in service with Russia’s Aeroflot and Armenian carrier Armavia and was half way through a 15,500-kilometre, six-nation Asian tour to try to drum up more international customers.


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