"We found the remains during our week-long stay near the location of the air crash."
Sukabumi (ANTARA News) - About 13 residents of Cicurug subdistrict, Sukabumi district, claimed they found some remains and several identity cards of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims who were killed in an air crash on Mount Salak, West Java province, on May 9, 2012.

"The villagers, who are members of the Non-Timber Forest Product Society (AMPHHBKI`s Sukabumi chapter), discovered an intact body of a Caucasian man, believed to be a Russian crew member, several body parts, as well as several business cards, ID cards (KTP), and flight ID cards," AMPHHBKI Sukabumi branch chairman Junaidi Abdullah told ANTARA News here on Monday.

"We found the remains during our week-long stay near the location of the air crash in Mount Salak - to be exact, at about 500 to 700 metres from the crash site," he said.

On the first day of their stay (May 20), the group spotted body parts such as fingers and hands around the location, and several days later, they discovered an intact human body and several identity cards.

"On Thursday (May 24) we discovered an intact body which seemed to be that of a crew member of the ill-fated plane. The remains seem to be that of a Russian`s, as seen from the body type and face. Near the location, we also found identity cards which probably belonged to the victim. When it was found, the body was covered by soil and swollen," Junaidi stated.

The villagers did not evacuate the remains, but they collected the ID cards.

"As proof, we took pictures of our discoveries. Anyway, we did not go there for evacuation; it was part of our routine activities. Therefore, we did not evacuate the remains. We left Mount Salak on Saturday (May 26)," Junaidi explained.

Some of the names seen on the just-found identity cards include Anton Daryanto, Herman Suladzi, Edie Satriyo, Capt Avirianto, Tirta Hidayat and Darmayanti Lubis.

The Russian-made SSJ 100 with 45 people on board crashed into Mount Salak during a demonstration flight, killing all crew and passengers.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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