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Relatives wait in anguish as Indonesian rescue workers search for plane crash victims

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Indonesian soldiers, part of a rescue team, take a break as they search for the wreckage of a Russian Sukhoi aircraft near Bogor May 10. A rescue team found no survivors but several bodies on Thursday when it arrived at the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane that crashed into Mount Salak during an exhibition flight with 45 people on board.

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Indonesian soldiers consult a map before climbing Salak Mount to find the crash site of Russian-made plane Sukhoi Superjet 100, in Cipelang, Bogor, Indonesia, on May 10. Rescuers on 10 May found bodies near the wreckage of a Russian passenger plane that crashed into an Indonesian mountain with 47 people on board. 'Rescue workers have reached the crash site and found the wreckage and bodies of victims,' said Gagah Prakoso, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency. Air Vice Marshal Daryatmo, the national search-and-rescue chief, said the bodies would be airlifted on Friday because the terrain made it difficult to transport them by land. The Sukhoi Superjet-100 appeared to have crashed into Mount Salak at a high speed from 6,000 feet and disintegrated, Prakoso said.

Reuters reports --  A rescue team found several bodies but no survivors on Thursday in the wreckage of a Russian plane that crashed into a mountain in Indonesia during an exhibition flight with 45 people on board.

Russia said it would take part in the investigation of the crash of its first all-new passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union, a Superjet 100 aircraft that went missing on Wednesday about 40 miles south of Jakarta.

It was carrying Indonesians including journalists and businessmen, eight Russians including embassy officials, pilots and technicians, as well as two Italians, one French citizen and one American, said Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, the head of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft.

"We haven't found survivors," Gagah Prakoso, spokesman of the search and rescue team, told Indonesia's Metro TV.

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Relatives of missing passengers of the ill-fated Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 comfort each other at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta on May 10. All of the dozens aboard a Russian Sukhoi passenger jet flying on a sales promotion trip in Indonesia were killed when the plane slammed into a mountain, officials said on May 10.

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Indonesian mother Muawana sits with her daughter Olivia holding a photograph of her missing husband Steven Kamagi, taken aboard the ill fated Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 before takeoff, as they wait for rescue operation updates at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta on May 10. All of the dozens aboard a Russian Sukhoi passenger jet flying on a sales promotion trip in Indonesia were killed when the plane slammed into a mountain, officials said on May 10.