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Crash deals blow to Russian aerospace revival

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 01:53

May 13 - Russia's United Aircraft president meets recovery workers as Russian forensic experts join Indonesian team identifying plane crash victims. Sunita Rappai reports.

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The President of Russia's United Aircraft Corp - makers of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 - arrives in Indonesia to meet officials and recovery workers. An unhappy-looking Mikhail Pogosyan pays close attention to the team of experts investigating the wreckage of one his showcase planes. All aboard - said to be at least 45 - died as the jet crashed in Indonesia's Mount Salak region during a demo flight. The aircraft was on a promotional tour to highlight Russia's arrival as a peer to Brazilian and Canadian regional jetmakers. The Superjet 100 model is the first new civil aircraft developed in post-Soviet Russia and a flagship project for Vladimir Putin. While Russian teams focus on the cause of the accident, Indonesian officials are handling the grisly task of evacuating the victims' remains to Jakarta. A team of five Russian forensic experts is joining its Indonesian counterparts there to help identify the Russian remains. Andrey Kovalev who heads the Russian team said it would take some time to identify the different body parts they had received. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN HEAD OF FORENSICS TEAM, ANDREY KOVALEV, SAYING: "The Russian Federation is keen to work hard to speed up this process; hopefully we can finish it within two weeks." Indonesia's Sky Aviation, due to buy 12 Superjet 100s, says the purchase is on hold pending the findings of crash investigators. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Crash deals blow to Russian aerospace revival

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 01:53