Captain Of Aeroflot Flight 1492 Jailed For 6 Years
Aeroflot Flight 1492 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight operated by Aeroflot from Moscow–Sheremetyevo to Murmansk, Russia on 5th May 2019
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft operating the flight was struck by lightning while climbing out. The aircraft suffered an electrical failure with the primary radio and autopilot becoming inoperative and the flight control mode changed and the captain assumed manual control of the aircraft.
The crew returned for an emergency landing and while during the landing the aircraft bounced and touched down hard on the runway causing the landing gear to collapse, fuel to spill out of the wings, and a fire to erupt which killed 41 of the 78 occupants on board.
In 2019, Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee revealed that Captain Denis Yevdokimov had been charged with procedural violations that resulted in 41 fatalities and the destruction of the aircraft following information obtained through the analysis of flight and forensic data.
A series of events followed, beginning with a heavy touchdown that caused the aircraft to bounce. The Captain then pitched the aircraft downwards, resulting in forceful contact with the runway. The aircraft bounced again and the second hard landing caused irreparable damage, fracturing the fuel tanks and leading to the subsequent incident.
On 30th June Captain Denis Yevdokimov was sentenced to six years in prison and was issued a fine of USD 28,400 with his pilot license suspended for at least three years.