The Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) believes that equipment failure or a piloting error are the main versions of the incident with the L-410 aircraft, which on the night of September 13 made a hard landing four kilometers from the Kazachinskoye airfield. The crash killed four people, including one of the pilots. The surviving pilot has already said that the accident was preceded by a failure of the navigation system, after which the plane touched the mountainside. Both flight recorders were found at the scene of the incident. The authorities of the Irkutsk region announced a day of mourning for September 15, and also told about payments to the families of the victims and injured.
The ICR continues to investigate a criminal case on the fact of an aircraft accident in the Irkutsk region, which occurred on September 12 at 23:15 local time (18:15 Moscow time). As a result of a hard landing of an aircraft performing a joint combined flight of Siberian Light Aviation and Aeroservice airlines on the Irkutsk-Kazachinskoye route, four people out of 16 passengers and crew members were killed. According to the press service of the TFR, on behalf of the chairman of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, the criminal case for the most complete investigation was transferred to the State Investigative Committee.
“At present, the investigators of the central office and criminologists of the Main Department of Criminalistics of the TFR continue to inspect the scene. The flight recorder of the aircraft has been found, in the near future specialists will begin to decipher the parametric data recorded by it, – the department notes. – Flight documentation, samples of fuel and technical fluids were seized at the Irkutsk airport. Chemical and medical forensic examinations assigned. Interrogations of persons responsible for the organization and conduct of the flight, as well as the operation of the aircraft, continue. As the main versions of the incident, the investigation considers the error of piloting when maneuvering on landing and the failure of equipment. “
The agency also distributed daylight footage from the scene. The video shows that the plane was completely destroyed as a result of the landing.
The East Siberian Transport Prosecutor’s Office, whose representative is at the crash site, in a conversation with Kommersant, clarified that both flight recorders were found at the scene of the incident. The department also conducts its own check on the fact of what happened.
The ownership of the aircraft has also become known – according to the portal Russianplanes.net, the aircraft with tail number RA-67042 was the property of the Aviaservice operator, which was founded by the SiLA airline. The board was manufactured in 2014 and since that time has performed regional flights in the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Irkutsk Region.
The Aviaservice airline told Kommersant that the crashed plane was on a mutual reservation with the SiLA company. Rostransnadzor intends to check the activities of Aeroservice on an unscheduled basis. As reported on the website of the department, the service has created a commission to check the activities of the operator. “At the scene are the advisor to the head of Rostransnadzor Artem Danilenko and the head of the territorial administration of the State Aviation Inspectorate for the Siberian Federal District of Rostransnadzor Yuri Rozhko,” the message says.
Meanwhile, a link appeared on social networks explaining the surviving pilot of the plane about the possible causes of the accident. The pilot Nikolai Makhnutin said that due to fog at the airfield it was not possible to land the first time.
«When approaching the go-around, the GPS navigator with the help of the autopilot took the plane to the right along the course than necessary, and during the climb we hooked on the hill. During the impact, I lost consciousness, the fire, thank God, did not happen, “- said the pilot.
The press service of the Irkutsk region government told Kommersant that the wounded people from the hard landing site were sent to the Kazachinsko-Lensky regional hospital. Three of them were later evacuated to the Irkutsk regional hospital by air ambulance helicopter, one person was released home, another woman was operated on on the spot. Doctors are waiting for her condition to improve to be sent to the regional center.
The Governor of the Irkutsk Region Igor Kobzev in his Instagram account announced the amount of material aid payments to the families of the victims and the injured. Relatives of the victims – 1 million rubles each, victims in serious condition – 500 thousand rubles each, on average – 250 thousand rubles each, in light – 100 thousand rubles each. The head of the region also said that on Wednesday, September 15, a day of mourning will be declared in the Irkutsk region.
On the basis of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in the Irkutsk region, a hotline has been organized for the relatives and friends of those who died or were injured in the crash. Call (3952) 40–99–99 for all the latest information.