Superjet Victim Identification Over

The Indonesian Police’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) unit has completed the identification of all passengers of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 killed in a recent air crash near Jakarta, the Jakarta Post cited a top local police officer as saying.

“The identification process has been concluded,” National Police medical unit chief Brig. Gen. Musadeq Ishak told reporters on Sunday.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) passenger jet slammed into a steep side of Indonesia’s Mount Salak shortly after takeoff on a demonstration flight on May 9. All 45 people on board were killed.

Musadeq said the DVI team had used various methods, including fingerprint identifications, forensic pathology, forensic anthropology and odontology. It has concluded that 31 victims were men and 14 were women. There were 35 Indonesian nationals among the identified victims.

The cockpit voice recorder has been found, and its data is being decoded. The parametric flight data recorder has not been discovered yet.

The Sukhoi Superjet is the first commercial plane designed and built in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago. It is considered by many in the industry to be Russia’s last hope for maintaining a commercial aircraft manufacturing capability.


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