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SK completed an investigation into the SSJ-100 accident at Sheremetyevo

SK completed an investigation into the SSJ-100 accident at Sheremetyevo
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The Main Directorate for Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the IC of the Russian Federation completed an investigation into the tragedy with the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft at Sheremetyevo Airport. The criminal case against the aircraft commander Denis Evdokimov was sent to the Prosecutor General for approval of the indictment.

Denis Evdokimov is accused of violating traffic safety rules and operating air transport, which, through negligence, caused serious harm to human health, the death of two or more persons, and serious damage. Investigators and experts conducted various examinations, studied the data of the flight recorders, and came to the conclusion that during the flight the SSJ 100 responded adequately to the pilot's actions. According to the press service of the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, this information refutes the accused’s version of a possible airplane malfunction.


At the beginning of this year, the investigation insisted that the tragedy occurred. due to improper actions of the commander the aircraft. According to investigators, by his actions he created a destructive overload that exceeded the operational limitations of the aircraft.

According to TASS, the pilot’s defense prepared a complaint addressed to the prosecutor general for unlawful criminal prosecution, biased and incomplete preliminary investigation and its premature termination. Lawyers are asking to return the case for further investigation.

The accident at Sheremetyevo occurred on May 5, 2019. The plane flying from Moscow to Murmansk returned to the airport of departure, emergency landed and caught fire41 people died.

In December, the Investigative Committee of Russia announced the completion of the investigation of the criminal case, the department called the culprit of the incident crew commander. However, relatives of the deceased consider unfair investigation results and do not agree that the crew commander is the only one guilty of the tragedy.

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