A new Russian made jet called the Sukhoi Superjet 100, which was making a demonstration flight with 50 people on board, has gone down near a Mountain range in Indonesia after disappearing from radar.
The 50 people on board were said to be made up of potential buyers, journalists, and the crew.
The plane took off from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport at 2:21 p.m. and was to return to same location.
However, after 21 minutes in the flight, the aircraft vanished after asking permission from the tower to lower its altitude from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet.
One witness living in the mountain range, which reaches a height of 7,200 feet, said he saw the plane veering to one side while flying over his home and the engine sounded very loud, but he never saw it crash or heard an explosion.
At the time, there was light drizzle in the area but search and rescue teams sent to the area in two helicopters had to turn back before getting to a potential wreck site due to severe weather. Alternately, 100 rescuers were deployed on the ground to begin a search.
The Sukhoi SuperJet 100 was the first Russian passenger plane built since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The craft could seat anywhere from 70 to 98 passengers and had a range of about 2,845 miles.
The plane had been on several other demonstration flights while making rounds on a promotional tour in Asia. Officials were hoping to be able to find the plane and its passengers by night fall.