The office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced the completion of the pre-trial investigation into the circumstances of the plane crash in the city of Brovary, Kiev region in January of this year, where the leadership of the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, including Minister Denis Monastyrsky and his first deputy Evgeniy Enin, died as a result of a helicopter crash.
Five employees of the State Service for Emergency Situations (SSES) of Ukraine have been charged with violating flight safety rules, the department noted. This is the head of the Aviation and Aviation Search and Rescue Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Ivan Korobka, acting. O. unit commander Vladimir Leonov, deputy commander for flight training Oleg Ivanov, aviation squadron commander Andrei Dvornik and head of the Flight Safety Service of the special aviation detachment of the civil protection operational rescue service of the State Emergency Service Jan Koshman.
According to the investigation, a visit of the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine to the Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk regions was planned in January 2023. State Emergency Service officials used a helicopter to transport the delegation, which was on duty to respond to potential emergencies. Investigators found that this aircraft did not have permits to perform other types of flights.
“The crew commander began the flight without meteorological data along the entire route of the planned movement, and the crew did not have the appropriate permits for flights in difficult weather conditions and the necessary certificates. Not a single person from the officials responsible for flight safety canceled or rescheduled the flight until the favorable weather conditions,” the office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said in a statement.
Due to difficult weather conditions, the helicopter flew at an extremely low altitude. The crew commander saw an obstacle and, while performing a maneuver, lost orientation and collided with the ground, the department claims.
As a result of the plane crash, 14 people died, including the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastyrsky and his first deputy Yevgeny Enin. Also, as a result of the aircraft crash, a child and four women who came to the kindergarten in the morning were killed. Another 31 people, including 13 children, were injured of varying degrees of severity.
In August of this year, all five suspects were detained. They were charged with suspicion and a preventive measure was chosen in the form of night house arrest.