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Indonesia blames human error for Sukhoi crash that killed 45

Published on Dec 18, 2012 1:07 PM
 
In this file photograph taken on May 15, 2012 an Indonesian military officer displays the recovered black box of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100, at the Cijeruk rescue base near Mount Salak. Indonesian investigators blamed human error on Dec 18, 2012 for the Sukhoi jet crash that killed all 45 people onboard an exhibition flight that slammed into a Javanese volcano on May 9, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian investigators blamed human error on Tuesday for a Sukhoi jet crash in May that killed all 45 onboard an exhibition flight that slammed into a Javanese volcano.

The National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) found that the terrain awareness and warning system was functioning and that there was a "diversion of attention" in the cockpit before the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed.

"The crash could have been avoided if a recovery action was carried out within 24 seconds from the first warning," KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi told reporters.

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