Denis Evdokimov, a Russian pilot, has been blamed for the deaths of 41 people in a crash-landing incident at Moscow Airport earlier this year, Russian media has said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee plans to charge Evdokimov with causing death by negligence, following investigation into the May crash, the Kommersant Daily reports.
The state body, which investigates major crimes, has reportedly laid the blame on the pilot, without waiting for the final conclusions of the Interstate Aviation Committee.
The back half of the plane was engulfed in fire during the incident. However, Evdokimov denies the charges, according to his lawyer, Natalia Mitusova.
She added that requests for independent examinations into the incident have been rejected.
The Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 caught fire while making a bumpy emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow on May 5.
Footage showed it bouncing on the tarmac, before the back of the plane burst into flames, while black smoke took over the back of the aircraft.