Wreckage of Russian Plane Found

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A relative weeps as she waits for the news on the missing Russian airplane at Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The Russian-made Sukhoi jet plane with 50 people on board, including eight Russians and an American, has gone missing during a demonstration flight near Jakarta, Indonesian government officials said Wednesday.

An Indonesian air force official has reportedly located the wreckage of a Russian plane that went missing Wednesday morning. The Sukhoi SuperJet-100, with 48 people on board, left Jarkata during a commercial exercise with reporters, potential buyers, and engineers. The plane was Russia’s newest commercial jetliner. Wreckage from the plane was located on the side of a cliff on Mount Salak in West Java province, where the elevation is around 5,000 feet. The plane fell off the radar 21 minutes after taking off, the pilot requesting to drop from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet, though inclement weather was not believed to be a factor.