Russia investigative committee blames Pilot for death of 41 in Moscow plane crash

A Russian pilot,Denis Evdokimov has call me been blamed for the deaths of 41 people in a crash landing at Moscow Airport earlier this year, Russian media said.

Following an investigation into the May plane crash, Russia’s Investigative Committee plans to charge pilot Denis Evdokimov with causing death by negligence, said the Kommersant Daily .

The state body, which investigates major crimes, has laid the blame on the pilot without waiting for the final conclusions of the Interstate Aviation Committee, a source close to the first committee said.

The plane bounced along the runway before bursting into flames

The back half of the plane was engulfed in fire
Mr Evdokimov denies the charges, his lawyer Natalia Mitusova said.

She added that requests for independent examinations into the incident have been rejected.

On 5 May, the Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 caught fire while making a bumpy emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.

Footage showed it bouncing on the tarmac before the back of the plane burst into flames, while black smoke streamed out the back.