One of the hills near the Kirenga River, Irkutsk Region. Dense wooded taiga area. Regional airport Kazchinskoe 4 kilometers from this place. Just behind the mountain. On the slope there is a corridor 20 meters wide made of fallen trees. Judging by the way the tree trunks were cut off by the aircraft body, the passenger L-410 did not fall, but most likely flew in a straight line.
In the first frames, taken late at night by the investigation team, strong gusts of wind and already dissipating fog are noticeable. It was the thick cloudiness, according to eyewitnesses, that prevented the crew from making the correct calculation of landing at the airfield after the second round in the dark. The footage taken at dawn shows the complete destruction of the plane.
The chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, has already instructed to transfer the criminal case on the fact of this accident to the Main Investigation Department for the most complete investigation.
“Aeroservice’s L-410 passenger plane was on its way from Irkutsk to the airport of the village of Kazachinskoye. There were 2 crew members and 14 passengers on board,” says Svetlana Petrenko, head of the media relations department of the Russian IC.
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.
The situation now qualifies as a hard landing by the crew. Since most of those on board – 12 people – survived, although almost everyone suffered. Most were trapped in the wreckage of the plane. They were lowered from the mountain to ambulance crews by rescuers Ministry of Emergency Situations.
“Of course, a lot of stress was imposed. Therefore, they come to their senses rather slowly for today. Because it all happened at night – evacuation. In the fog, on boats. Therefore, people, of course, are depressed,” says Yakov Sandakov, Minister of Health of Irkutsk area.
Now four are in serious condition. One patient with a craniocerebral injury had to urgently operate on the spot – in a regional hospital, specialists from the regional center of disaster medicine who had flown in from Irkutsk. At the same time, the air ambulance crew landed the helicopter near the local highway in the morning in the same thick fog that was at the time of the night plane crash.
“Where the bump is higher, on a site of 10 by 10 meters in total. They also underwent a little stress, but, fortunately, everything is fine. And then they immediately took us to the hospital and work,” says Viktor Buchinsky, director of the Irkutsk Regional Center for Disaster Medicine “.
One patient has already been discharged home. Another 8 people remain in the clinic in the Magistralny village. And three, the heaviest, were transported to Irkutsk.
The upcoming Wednesday, September 15, has already been declared a day of mourning in the Irkutsk region. Three passengers and the commander of the crew were killed. It is important for the investigation that the co-pilot survived. But so far, according to doctors, he is in a state of shock. However, from the little that the crew member allegedly managed to report, it follows that during the go-around approach, too low an altitude was taken.
Black boxes will help experts to restore in all details the picture of what happened. They have already been found. The L-410 has two such recorders. The Investigative Committee is now considering equipment failure and piloting error as the main versions. The management of the airline that operated this plane has so far refrained from commenting. The only thing that was announced at the meeting of the regional commission for emergency situations is that the victims will receive 100 thousand rubles from the owner of the plane in addition to insurance payments.
“That’s it, we will help. So, I don’t know what else to say,” Andrey Bogdanov, General Director of SiLA and Aeroservice, is very brief.
Over the past two months, this is already the second emergency with the planes of the “SILA” airline. But the model of the L-410 type has already crashed for the eighth in 30 years of its operation in Russia. The same twin-engine aircraft, intended for regional airlines, just recently, in mid-June, crashed at an airfield in the Kemerovo region. That board was used for paratroopers’ training flights. Out of 17 athletes and two crew members, 5 people died then. The reason for the fall was the failure of the engines. This board, which crashed into a hill on Monday night in the Irkutsk region, seemed to be new. Allegedly released just 7 years ago. And while the airline insists, the plane underwent a technical inspection before departure.
Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.
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