Possible cause of crash of aircraft, in which S7 CEO Fileva (one of the most richest businesswomen in Russia) died, named
Experts tend to believe that a pilot error led to the crash.
The details of the investigation into the crash of the Epic LT business jet in Germany, where Natalia Fileva, the co-owner of the S7 Group board of directors, and her father died, became known. Experts believe that the pilot’s mistake is the most likely cause of the crash, Kommersant reports, citing sources.
Pilot Andrey Dykun probably lowered the speed of the machine to a critical value and thus allowed it to fall into a dead leaf during landing, said the source of the newspaper. As a result, these actions led to an immediate loss of control over the aircraft, and the flight turned into a fall. The pilot had no chance to correct the critical error, sources say.
A study of the wreckage partly confirmed this version. The experts concluded that the engine was running at low revs. This version could be approved by the data of the flight recorder. However, it is still unknown if there was a black box on board - it is known that some owners remove. As for the voice recorder, it was not set at all.
It is noteworthy that Fileva used the twin-engine Gulfstream G500 jet more often. However, this time she had to use Epic since such a plane could have been landed on a strip of a small airfield near Frankfurt am Main.
As previously reported, the Moscow Interregional Investigation Department of Transport of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on the fact of the incident under part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Violation of the Rules of Traffic Safety and Operation of Air Transport, resulting in the death of two or more persons by negligence).