On May 13th at dawn break Russian rescuers will be joining the operation at the site of the crashed Russian Superjet-100 in Indonesia, said the head of the Emergency Ministry task force Mikhail Chupalenkov.
According to him, all the professionals assembled there have mountain-climbing experience and necessary equipment. A helicopter, delivered from Moscow, will be involved in carrying out reconnaissance on the ground.
On Saturday, about 70 rescuers, as well as a medical-psychological support group arrived in Indonesia.
The Russian Sukhoi Superjet-100 aircraft crashed on May 9 during a demonstration flight. On board were 45 people (including 8 Russians). The head of the United Aircraft Corporation, which incorporates Sukhoi plane maker, Mikhail Pogosyan said the plane was technically flawless before the flight.
Superjet search operation halted at nightfall
R. Sukanto Police Hospital in Kramatjati, East Jakarta, had so far received eight body bags holding the remains of the victims of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 sent from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.
The hospital received three more body bags transported in three different ambulances this afternoon, adding to the five body bags that had arrived this morning.
The ill-fated Sukhoi aircraft`s black box has not yet been found, Chairman of National Search and Rescue Agency Daryatmo said here on Saturday.
Some 15 psychologists from the Indonesian Psychologist Association are ready to provide free consultations for families of the Sukhoi victims to ease their grief after losing their loved ones.
Body identification begins in Indonesia
Relatives of the SSJ-100 crash have been gathering outside the National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, since early morning, when the body identification procedure began, local media report.
A Sukhoi Superjet-100 rammed into Mt. Salak during its demonstration flight in Jakarta last Wednesday, killing 45 people, including eight Russian nationals.
Sukhoi’s flight recorder missing, psychologist offer help to victims families
Rescuers said all bodies were mutilated beyond recognition. A total of 16 containers with victims’ remains were spotted near the site of the crash on Saturday morning, ready to be transported to the National Police Hospital for autopsy. Eleven of them have already been brought to the Jakarta Airport later today, where they will be uploaded onto cars and transported to Kramat Jati for identification.
The National Police’s disaster victim identification unit has been reported as saying that autopsies might take from three weeks to five months given no body was preserved intact. Unit’s Chief Anton Castelani noted they won’t be able to hand over bodies to relatives “one after another,” as they will probably have to wait for the end of the identification procedure to make sure no parts of victims’ remains stay unaccounted for.
The police have called on victims’ relatives to go home, pledging to report their findings as soon as there is more information.
Autopsists have been provided with DNA samples of 35 crash victims of the Indonesian origin. More DNA material is expected to be sent from Russia, France and the US.
Meanwhile, a senior pilot with Garuda Indonesia, Jeffrey Adrian, said some foreign pilots complained saying that flying in Indonesia was “like hell”.
“They are supposed to add transmitter towers, not only strengthen their signals,” Jeffrey said, claiming he heard dangdut music, jazz and even a phone sex conversation that penetrated the communication system in the cockpit.Superjet search operation halted at nightfall
Russian rescuers at Superjet crash site
Seventy Russian rescuers in Indonesia are getting ready for a search operation at the site of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash on Java’s Salak peak where they will be brought by two helicopters.
The jet with 45 passengers (including eight Russians) went off the radars during a demonstration flight on May 9.
The head of the Sukhoi plane maker Mikhail Pogosyan said that the plane was technically flawless before the flight. He added that black boxes will be searched after all the bodies are found.
Russian rescuers reach site of Indonesia jet crash
An advance team of Russian rescue workers has reached the site of Wednesday’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crash in Indonesia.
Russian rescuers heading to the site of Indonesia plane crash
A team of Russian rescue workers will soon reach the site of Wednesday’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crash in Indonesia.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry has sent two Ilyushin Il-76TD aircraft and a helicopter to Indonesia to assist the rescue efforts.
Russian Emergencies Ministry plane arrives in Jakarta
A Russian Emergencies Ministry plane has arrived in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta to assist the search for flight data recorders of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100, news reports said on Saturday.
The Ilyushin Il-76 plane delivered a group of specialists of Tsentrospas, a medical and psychological support team and equipment, as well as a search helicopter.
The second Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft is expected in Jakarta later in the day.
Meanwhile, twelve bodies were evacuated from the SSJ-100 crash zone before dark on Friday, officials said.
Officials urge to stop circulating photos of SSJ-100 crash victims
Indonesian Welfare Minister Agung Laksono has demanded that circulation of photos depicting Superjet victims be stopped. The photos have been reportedly spread through mobile phones.
The announcement came after a photo of two mutilated victims taken at the site of the Sukhoi Superjet-100 crash was circulated via BlackBerry Messenger on Friday.
The senior official stressed that “this kind of action will be painful for the victims’ families.”
Early Saturday, dozens of relatives of the victims came to the National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, where officials presented them two body bags containing remains of victims and their personal effects for identification.
The authorities say, however, the identification process might take months or even years, given that the remains are not intact and decomposition has already begun.
4 containers with Superjet crash victims brought to Jakarta
A helicopter has brought four containers with the remains of those killed in Wednesday’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 air crash to Jakarta, Russia’s RIA-Novosti news agency quoted an Indonesian Emergencies Ministry spokesman on Saturday.
He said that the bodies have been sent to a military hospital, adding that a second helicopter with bodies was on its way to the Indonesian capital.
Right now, relatives of those killed are waiting for the containers in the waiting room.
On May 9, the Russian-built Superjet 100 hit a mountainside in Indonesia during a demonstration flight. All 45 people on board, including eight Russian citizens, were killed.
Helicopters recover bodies in Indonesian crash
According to reports in the Indonesian media two rescue helicopters arrived at the crash scene of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner which crashed in Indonesia and are using nets to facilitate the recovery of the bodies of the victims from the steep and rugged slope of Mount Salak where the crash occurred.
On board the ill-fated plane were 45 people, including eight Russian nationals.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed in Indonesia on May 9 during a demonstration flight.
The airliner crashed into a mountainside of Mount Salak at an altitude of 1.6 km (1 mile) in a remote location.
RIA, TASS, The Jakarta Post