The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

Indonesia blames human error for Sukhoi crash that killed 45


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.