Russian airliner disappears over Indonesia
The jet, a Sukhoi Superjet-100, was on a demonstration flight.
May 9th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Russian airliner disappears over Indonesia

[Updated at 7:34 a.m. ET] Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told Metro TV the Sukhoi jet went missing at about 2 p.m. local time in the area of Bogor, West Java.

The jet was on a demonstration flight that should've lasted 30 minutes, taking off and expected to land again in Jakarta's Halim airport. About 46 people were onboard he said.

National Search and Rescue Agency official Gagah Prakosa said on Metro TV that there was an initial search by air that's been suspended because of darkness. A ground search continues.

[Updated at 7:24 a.m. ET] Russia's newest civilian airliner disappeared Wednesday from radar screens during a demonstration flight in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, state-run Ria Novosti news service reported. There were 44 passengers on board.

The pilots requested permission to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet, air traffic controllers said. After that, all radio contact was lost.

The plane began making its descent but vanished from radar screens at 6,200 feet in a mountainous area.

By the time the plane was due to return it should have burned up its fuel, RIA Novosti said.

The Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane arrived in Jakarta as part of a demonstration tour of six Asian countries. It had been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, and was due to visit Laos and Vietnam after Indonesia, RIA Novosti said.
Sukhoi manufactures military aircraft and is known especially for its fighter jets. Its civilian aircraft is narrow-bodied with a dual-class cabin that can transport 100 passengers over regional routes.

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  1. tcaros

    Is anyone looking for it?

    May 9, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Leay


    May 9, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. jose

    this is a ridiculous way to report a news event, did it disappear or did it crash? not good cnn, I hope it did not crash, 44 people is 44 too many people to die.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Yeah, It is so much better when CNN guesses what happened rather than report facts as they cone available.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kris


    May 9, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adriel

    One of the most populated island in the the world. Yet no one hasn't found it yet..

    May 9, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. terry

    "disappearing" vis-a-vis a Russian plane and "crashed" are synonymous. And why would 44 people be onboard a "test" flight???

    May 9, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Randyritraj

      you obviously can't read. It was a demonstration flight, not a test flight.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Apple Fun

      That was more of a demo flight, not a test flight

      May 9, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I think CNN should have said that they were on a "sales" flight. This was a test flight by customers to see how they like the new plane, just as people do test drives when buying a car. So it makes sense that a lot of stake holders in the sales and purchase where on that flight.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robbie

    In soviet Russia. Plane lands self!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. rondotohondo

    hey Jose, do you want them to make something up? They reported what they know now – that it disappeared from the radar. When they know more they'll update it.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Huru

    True! How could people board a plane at test, and infact a russian plane?!!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. larry5

    Russian airliners do this every now and then on a regular basis.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. francois2012


    May 9, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. old3putt

    Russian aircraft aint exactly known for smoothiness of safely landing. Feel sorry for those folks and their families.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Dimka12345

      Russia had 11 crashes of various aricrafts altogether last year. I would not fly anything russian even though I'm russian myself.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Carrie

    YES! What are 44 people doing on board a test flight?? Over mountains? Sounds fishy since the pilot was reporting no trouble just prior to disappearing. And why a test flight to multiple citites? Unless there were fat Cat politicians on board that wanted free vacations.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dimka12345

    All that russians are reporting so fat is the same thing. It has disappeared off the radars after it was given a green light for landing. There were 8 russians on board and 36 representatives of other countries.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. dPLAY

    That is so sad, I hope they're safe somewhere.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
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