All 47 on board crashed Superjet 100 dead

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Indonesian authorities have confirmed that all 47 passengers and crew on board the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed in Indonesia on Wednesday have died.

The country's Search and Rescue Agency (Barsanas) says that the wreckage was found early this morning by a search helicopter on Mount Salak, about 5,797 feet (1,767 metres) above sea level.

Images from the scene appear to show that the aircraft crashed high into a forested cliff, and with the wreckage spread out around the area.

Neither the flight data recorder nor the cockpit voice recorder has been recovered, says Indonesian director general for civil aviation Herry Bakti. The focus is now on recovering the bodies, he adds.

The case will also be handed over to the country's aircraft accident investigation board, he says.

The aircraft, with the serial number 95004 and tail number 97004, was on an Asian demonstration tour when the incident happened.

It was on its second demonstration flight of the day when it took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport at 14:35 local time on 9 May. The aircraft had enough fuel for a 4h long flight, and radar contact was lost 20 minutes after take-off near the town of Bogor.

Unconfirmed local reports say that the pilot had, before the incident, requested permission to descend from 10,000ft to 6,000ft in mountainous terrain. Mount Salak rises to over 7,000ft.

Alenia and Sukhoi joint venture Superjet International confirmed that the aircraft had completed a full pre-flight check and reported no technical issues before taking off. The aircraft also did not report any failure before disappearing from radar contact.

The 47 onboard include eight Russians, airline officials and journalists.

Reports say that they include journalists, pilots and engineers from Sukhoi, and officials from Indonesian carriers Sky Aviation and Kartika Airlines which have ordered the aircraft. Officials from Sriwijaya Air, Pelita Air, Airfast, Air Maleo, KAL Star Aviation, and Aviastar - all Indonesian airlines - were also on board.