Search efforts continue at Superjet 100 crash site

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Three teams are scouring the remote crash site of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed on an Indonesian mountain on 9 May, but it is unclear whether the aircraft's flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder have been found.

When asked about media reports that the aircraft's flight data recorders had been located, director general of civil aviation Herry Bakti told Flightglobal that "nothing has been officially announced".

News reports from Indonesia over the weekend suggested that the aircraft's tail, where the recorders are located, has been located. TV reports over the weekend said remains of the accident's victims are being recovered and footage showed body bags being loaded aboard helicopters. All 45 passengers and crew died in the accident.

Russian investigators, Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency (Barsanas) and investigators from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation have teams at the site.

Bakti says the teams face logistical challenges as the closest helicopter landing area is a soccer field 10km away and the walk to the crash site is heavily forested.

The weather was rainy over the weekend, he says, but this is to be expected in a tropical climate and does not appear to have hindered operations at the site.