The Tambov Garrison Military Court refused to consider the case of the collision of two Su-34 fighter-bombers in the skies over Lipetsk due to errors in the indictment. This was announced on Monday, January 25, by Kommersant.
In the decision of the military prosecutor’s office on the involvement of the Russian pilot Stanislav Hasanov as the accused, his name and patronymic were mixed up. The prosecutor’s office does not agree with this decision and has already sent an appeal to the Second Western District Military Court.
Hasanov, the winner of the Aviadarts international flight skills competition, is a defendant in a criminal case under Article 351 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Violation of flight rules that entailed grave consequences”). The officer faces seven years in prison and a multimillion-dollar fine.
The collision in the sky over Lipetsk occurred on September 6, 2019. Loss of visual contact was attributed to the accident. The engine of one of the planes got debris from the second, which led to an accident. Both aircraft were seriously damaged, but they managed to land. One Su-34 had its cockpit, engine and fuselage damaged. In another, the wing tip with the electronic countermeasures equipment was torn off. Nobody was hurt as a result of the accident.
Later it became known that the collision was the fault of the pilots. A special commission examined the details of the incident, which established the degree of guilt of each of the crews.
According to Kommersant, pilot Stanislav Hasanov received the main prize at the international flight skills competition Aviadarts-2014, together with navigator Konstantin Murakhtin, who was shot down by an F-16 Turkish Air Force fighter over Syria in 2015 on an airplane piloted by Oleg Peshkov.