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Police opens criminal case after single-engine airplane crashes near Penza

09:58 | 28.06.2016 | Incidents


Penza, 28 June 2016. PenzaNews. The police have opened a criminal case on violating safety regulations after a Bekas single-engine airplane crashed in the Penza region. Its pilot, a 56-year-old citizen of the Tambov region, did not survive the incident.

Police opens criminal case after single-engine airplane crashes near Penza

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“According to investigation, a Bekas single-engine airplane with the ID RA-0480A crashed near Oktyabrskoe village in the Neverkino area at 20.30 of June 26 during an area inspection. There were no passengers. The pilot died in the crash. According to witnesses, the aircraft touched the high-voltage power line while going for the landing,” Ilya Zakharov, senior assistant head of the Volga vehicle investigative department for the Investigative Committee, told PenzaNews.

The investigation revealed that the single-engine airplane belonged to an individual who intended to rent it away for agricultural purposes, he added.

“The deceased did not have a flight permission,” he clarified.

At the moment, the investigators are preparing to conduct a series of measures to establish the full picture of the crime, including technical forensic examinations of the crashed airplane, medical examination, and questionings, Dmitry Zakharov explained.

“The main versions of the incident are a piloting mistake, a technical malfunction, and pilot’s sudden health issues,” he said.

He also pointed out that any conclusions over the reasons behind the incident should be drawn only after the whole set of investigations and forensic examinations.

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