May 11, 2012- Dense fog and steep terrain forced rescuers to stop efforts to reach what was left of the Russian jetliner that crashed while on a flight with potential buyers in Indonesia. The Superjet 100 crashed into the side of Mount Salak located just south of Jakarta. Rescue efforts are to resume on Friday said state officials.
Officials said they have the exact coordinates of where the wreckage is, but have not reached the site as of yet. The steep, 85-degree incline on the mountainside has made it difficult to reach the crash site.
An investigative committee from Russia said that 48 people were on the plane when it crashed. However, a new agency from Russia said the total number on the plane was 45. Apparently three of the passengers listed on the flight manifest did not board the plane.
The plane wreckage is reported to be at an altitude of over 5,800 feet and authorities hope to start taking the bodies from the plane via helicopter on Friday afternoon.
The cause of the tragedy is still unclear and the Russian Investigative Committee has announced it has launched a probe to see if there were any safety violations that took place. Sky Aviation from Indonesia in 2011 signed a contract to purchase 12 of the jets and reports said that a number of the passengers on the plane were Sky employees.