Russia will simulate the flight of the Sukhoi Superjet airliner that crashed in Indonesia last month using a similar plane, an industry and trade minister said on Thursday.
“We will model the SSJ’s flight in real time at the same altitude, with the same obstacles, speed and coordinates,” Yury Slyusar said, adding that the tests will be held later this month.
“We will restore the picture in full.”
The ministry will present a report on the investigation into the causes of the crash before the end of August, Slyusar said.
The plane was on a short demonstration flight for potential buyers when it slammed into Mount Salak near Jakarta on May 9. All 45 people on board – mostly Indonesian airline representatives – were killed.
Indonesian and Russian officials have said the aircraft experienced no technical problems up until impact, but insisted it was still premature to say if pilot error caused the crash.