Relatives of those onboard a doomed Russian passenger jet that crashed in Indonesia have been told there are no signs of life at the scene.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 vanished during a demonstration flight on Wednesday. Forty-five people were on board, including businessmen, journalists and Russian embassy officials.
Wreckage was spotted on the side of a cliff near a dormant volcano. Rescuers have had to trek across steep and heavily forested terrain to reach the scene.
“We’ve not found any survivors. Rescuers that were dropped from a helicopter are preparing an operation to clear the scene,” said Gagah Prakoso, from the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency.
The plane was being taken on a tour of Asia, in a bid to attract potential buyers. It is Russia’s first new model of passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Footage shows the jet taking off from Jakarta on an earlier, successful demonstration flight on Wednesday. Its second sales trip, later in the day, was to be its last.