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May 9, 2012

Rescuers Locate Crashed Sukhoi Superjet On Indonesian Mountain

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(Map by The Aviation Herald/Google Earth)

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed in Indonesia on Wednesday has been located by rescuers, according to Sergey Dolya, who has been covering the rescue effort extensively from Jakarta.

Exact coordinates were not available, but the wreckage was found at an altitude of 5,200 ft (1585 m).

There was no word on the condition of the aircraft or its passengers.

UPDATE 10:40 PM ET: Indonesian Air Force officials confirmed to a local TV network that the plane has been found.

UPDATE 11:54 PM ET: National Search and Rescue Agency operations deputy Maj. Gen. Hadi L. told journalists in Jakarta, “The [airplane] remains looked intact from up above, whereas it wrecked,” he told journalists in Jakarta.

The crash site has not yet been reached by rescuers, due to its location on the edge of a cliff 5,500 ft up a dormant volcano, Mt. Salak in Bogor, West Java.

Other reports, however, indicated there was no sign of survivors.

The exact location of the wreckage was said to be on a cliff 5,500 ft (1,676 m) up the side of Mt. Salak, a 7,200 ft (2,200 m) tall volcano about 33 miles (53 km) south of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, from which the plane departed. The spot was 1.7 miles (2.7 km) from the last radar location of the plane.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash site. (Image by Google Earth)

Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash site. (Image by Google Earth)

UPDATE 12:00 AM ET: Wreckage photos have emerged that seem to indicate plane impacted a nearly vertical cliff.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 wreckage. (Photo by Sergey Dolya)

Sukhoi Superjet 100 wreckage. (Photo by Sergey Dolya)

Sukhoi Superjet 100 wreckage. (Photo by Sergey Dolya)

Sukhoi Superjet 100 wreckage. (Photo by Sergey Dolya)

UPDATE 12:23 PM ET: Another, higher resolution wreckage photo.

Wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 on Mt. Salak.

Wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 on Mt. Salak.

UPDATE 12:55 PM ET: Indonesian authorities say all 47 people on board the plane are dead.

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  • Sukhoi exact crash coordinate: 6deg42’54.31″ S 106deg44’12.69″ E upstream of Ciapus River 6617 feet.