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Pilot of crashed Russian jet aimed to impress, sell plane - newspaper

Other News Materials 14 May 2012 08:51 (UTC +04:00)

The pilot of a Russian passenger jet that crashed into a mountain near Jakarta last week performed manoeuvres to impress potential buyers during one of its two flights in Indonesia, a DPA quoted Indonesian newspaper Monday.

The secretary general of the Indonesian National Air Carrier Association, Tengku Burhanuddin, said the Sukhoi Superjet 100's pilot pushed the aircraft to show its capacity to potential buyers during the first demonstration flight on Wednesday, the day of the crash, The Jakarta Post reported.

"They wanted to prove how good the Superjet 100 was," the Post quoted Burhanuddin, a passenger on the first flight, as saying. "That is what people do when they look for potential customers."

That first flight ended without incident, but the Sukhoi slammed into Mount Salak during the second demonstration flight. All 45 people on board were presumed dead.

Burhanuddin told the Post that on the first flight, the pilot descended from cruising altitude, a maneuver that allowed passengers to get a closer look at the ground in conditions resembling a conventional landing.

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