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Crash of the SSJ-100: Indonesian military arrived on the scene

Six Indonesian paratroopers landed on the slopes of Mount Salak, site of the disaster of the Russian airliner Sukhoi SuperJet-100, said a spokesman at crisis center set up in Jakarta on Thursday.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, soldiers were dispatched to a helicopter. For now, no information concerning possible survivors of the crash is available.

The inaccessible terrain makes it difficult for ground crews, who arrive on the scene in three or four hours earlier. It is possible that the military have to evolve on an almost vertical slope, which may slow the search for fragments of the crashed plane.

According to the images from the crash site released Thursday by the Indian television, fragments of the plane remained on the slope, while others raced down the wall.

The Russian airliner SSJ-100, on its first demonstration tour of six Asian countries, has disappeared from radar screens  after a flight to Jakarta on Wednesday. 48 people, including eight Russians were on board the aircraft. The wreckage was later found on the slopes of Mount Salak.

Before its disappearance, the crew requested clearance to descend from 3048 to 1829 meters and began a descending turn near a mountain at an altitude of 1,890 meters.

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