The Pilot Of The SSJ-100 That Crashed A Year Ago Put Forward His Version Of The Disaster
Non-compliance with airworthiness standards caused a hard landing of the SSJ-100 at Sheremetyevo airport on May 5, 2019, which resulted in the death of 41 people, according to the pilot of the plane Denis Evdokimov, who is accused of the death of passengers. He said this in an interview with the newspaper on Tuesday Lenta.ru.
"Non-compliance with airworthiness standards. If the manufacturer had completed the aircraft in time, aviation incidents of this nature would not have been repeated, which means that flight safety would have been at an acceptable level, and the risks would have been minimized," the pilot answered the question about the causes of the crash.
Evdokimov said that after a lightning strike, the aircraft's control system stopped working, so he had to control the airliner manually. He stated that it was impossible to continue flying manually after a lightning strike: in Direct mode, you can only fly at low altitudes, which leads to an increase in fuel consumption. According to the pilot, the plane did not react properly to his actions during landing. "When the control handle was deflected, the aircraft did not raise its nose, but lowered it, and Vice versa," he said.
According to him, leaving for the second round was impossible because of the aircraft's reverse reaction to the control influence. "Increasing the engine operating mode to takeoff gives a very strong increment of the cabring moment, which in the reverse reaction to the control effect would lead to burying the nose in the runway or falling on the tail. In both cases, I am sure, everyone would have died," Evdokimov said.
He drew attention to the fact that the criminal case does not contain "at least some decoding of the flight parameters, not to mention a detailed analysis of the actions and reaction of the aircraft to the control actions."
Evdokimov also explained that "if the chassis design meets the airworthiness standards, they should have safely buckled at the first excess load, while the second separation would not have occurred." "No test flights were landing at a mass exceeding the maximum landing, although the manufacturer wrote about the possibility of landing with a mass up to the maximum takeoff," he said.
The pilot expressed his deepest condolences to the people who lost their loved ones and those who were injured in the crash.