A pilot has been blamed for the deaths of 41 people in a crash landing at Moscow Airport earlier this year.
Following an investigation into the May plane crash, Russia’s Investigative Committee plans to charge pilot Denis Evdokimov with causing death by negligence.
The state body, which investigates major crimes, has laid the blame with the pilot without waiting for the final conclusions of the Interstate Aviation Committee.
Mr Evdokimov denies the charges, his lawyer Natalia Mitusova has stated.
She added that requests for independent examinations into the incident have been rejected and blocked.
On 5 May, the Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 caught fire and engulfed in flames while making a bumpy emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow killing 41 passengers and injuring many more.
Footage at the time of the incident showed it bouncing on the tarmac before the back of the plane burst into flames, while black smoke streamed out the back.