New footage shows a plane crash in Moscow killing 41 people at 100 feet of flames while the pilot is charging today
Disturbing new images have surfaced of passengers escaping from an inferno jet, as Russian authorities today accused the plane’s captain with carelessness after being struck by lightning.
Forty-one people died in the fire after the Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash crashed at Sheremetyevo, Moscow’s business international airport.
A video that is part of the criminal investigation shows flames over 100 feet high engulfing the plane, but 37 escaped the horror.
The Aeroflot jet crashed into an airstrip at Sheremetyevo, Moscow International Airport, after being struck by lightning and burst into flames
Emergency services fight the 100ft flames after the plane crashed and erupted in a toxic inferno killing 41 people
Captain Denis Evdokimov, 42, has claimed to be made a scapegoat after his domestic flight bound in Murmansk was struck by lightning shortly after takeoff.
He is sentenced to seven years in prison. He returned to the airport and made a rough ‘jumping’ emergency landing that led to a fire that engulfed the plane on May 5 last year, separate shooting shows.
Denis Evdokimov, 42, had been formally charged with breaches of the security rules and negligent control of his aircraft, leading to massive deaths, health damage and major damage
The new video shows how the plane comes to a stop with the rear sunk in poisonous flames.
After about 17 seconds the first gutter is opened and four seconds later the first passenger escapes onto the asphalt.
The second parachute opens after 30 seconds.
Passengers from the front of the plane slip out of the plane and run away from the burning Superjet.
The emergency services are seen trying to extinguish the inferno.
The Russian Investigation Committee announced today that Evdokimov had been formally charged with violations of the safety rules and negligent control of his aircraft, resulting in massive deaths, health damage and major damage.
His inability to control the lightning-struck Superjet resulted in the destruction of the aircraft, killing 40 passengers and one crew member.
Ten people were injured. In total, 37 people escaped from the massacre alive.
State investigators charged with “particularly important cases” say that the actions of air traffic control and emergency services have been investigated on the ground.
They turned out not to be responsible for the loss of life. There were also no problems with the aircraft to prevent a safe emergency landing, the committee said.
After 17 seconds, the first parachute opens, and four seconds later, the first passenger escapes on the asphalt in Moscow
The second parachute opens after 30 seconds, allowing more passengers to escape from hell
In total, 37 passengers escaped from the flames with ten injured in May, as passengers in front of the plane could extend the plane
“Researchers and experts have studied the data from the flight recorders of the crashed aircraft, according to which the aircraft responded adequately to the pilot’s control actions in flight,” said a statement.
The captain’s lawyer, Natalya Mitusova, claims that Aeroflot’s experienced pilot is being made a scapegoat after he suspected that the authorities want to protect the reputation of the Superjet, a Russian-made aircraft that has been the subject of safety concerns.
She claimed that the plane did not “obey” the pilot because he took over control manually after the lightning strike.
The dispute is about what happened to the affected aircraft when it was struck by lightning shortly after takeoff from Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Prosecutors say the pilot messed up the landing and entered it too steeply. This resulted in the rough landing when broken landing gear pierced the fuel tank, causing the aircraft to go up in flames. Most of the 41 disaster victims died from carbon monoxide poisoning or were burned alive.
The back and center of the plane were lost in the fire and most of the 40 passengers killed were in this part of the plane
Forensic experts working on the wreckage of the Russian-made Superjet after it had been ‘thrown from side to side’ and did not respond to the movements of the controls by Evdokimov due to paralysis after the lightning strike, the prosecutors said.
It was “thrown back and forth” and did not respond to its movements of the controls due to paralysis after the emergency.
There was an “ incorrect aircraft response ” to the pilot’s actions in the fourth time a superset had landed completely manually, she said.
The captain also claims that, once on the ground, a back door to the aircraft was opened in violation of his orders, and this led to the outer inferno of the Superjet flooding the passenger cabin.
Most of the passengers who perished were in the rear or middle section of the aircraft.
Passengers had had time to leave the cabin without opening the emergency door at the rear, the pilot said.
Most of the passengers who perished were in the rear or middle section of the aircraft. Passengers had had time to leave the cabin without opening the emergency door at the rear, the pilot said
Investigators are checking the victims’ documents. They say the Superjet has been struck by lightning 16 times, but this was the only time it led to disaster
“Someone from the crew or passengers opened the door and the fire entered the cabin,” said Mitusova.
Evdokimov’s legal team also claimed that ground rescue services were slow to arrive on the ground.
The video has been cut, so it is not possible to be sure of the time it took before spraying started, but passengers were still arriving at this time.
Researchers say the Superjet has been struck by lightning 16 times, but this was the only time it led to a catastrophe.
Heroic Aeroflot flight attendants rescued dozens of those on board the Moscow flight to Murmansk, but 41 perished in the inferno, burned alive or raided by toxic fumes.
Prosecutors want up to seven years’ imprisonment for the Evdokimov, whose father was a respected military pilot and major general of the Soviet Air Force.
Russian Investigation Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said: “Evdokimov’s actions violated existing regulations and led to the destruction and outbreak of fire.
“As a result, 40 passengers and one crew member were killed, and (ten) others were seriously injured.”
In the aftermath of the horror, claims of serious technical issues on the SuperJet – a plane backed by Vladimir Putin – were blamed.