12 Bodies Found at Russian Jet Crash Site

All 45 passengers on Sukhoi Superjet-100 thought dead
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2012 3:36 AM CDT
Russian investigation team members watch a screen monitor displaying images of the wreckage of a Sukhoi Superjet-100 which crashed on a mountainside in Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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(Newser) – Searchers have found 12 bodies at the site of a Russian plane crash on an Indonesian volcano. The jet had been carrying 45; all are believed dead, the AP reports. The steep mountainside has proved a challenge to searchers, who climbed through a jungle toward the plane's wreckage using ropes. Rescuers are clearing trees in order to make room for helicopters to land; choppers haven't been able to retrieve the bodies thanks to a blanket of fog and the jagged, near-vertical slopes.

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