According to media reports, the crew persuaded a man to refuel in Khanty-Mansiysk, at the airport where he was arrested.
On January 22, a passenger of the flight Surgut – Moscow, under the threat of violence, demanded to send a liner to Afghanistan and tried to break into the cockpit. The crew deployed the aircraft in the direction of Khanty-Mansiysk. After landing at the local airport, the man was detained, and the Investigation Committee opened a case of hijacking an aircraft.
What happened on board the aircraft
At 13:00 local time, a passenger Aeroflot SU1515 aircraft flew from Surgut and headed for Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. On board were 75 people, including seven crew members. About two hours after departure, Interfax reported on the state of emergency: the passenger of the liner demanded to change course towards Afghanistan.
According to the UK, the man tried to break into the cockpit and threatened. After that, according to RIA “Novosti”, the crew convinced the suspect to land for refueling in Khanty-Mansiysk. The plane changed the initial course in the area of the settlement of Yugorsk. By the time they landed, the police had cordoned offKhanty-Mansiysk Airport, and all the staff had been evacuated.
Video on which it seems that the security forces takes weapons from the suspectFlight scheme liner SU1515
According to Mash, after the landing of the liner, the security forces occupied the airport control room for an operational meeting and negotiations with the invader. Telegram-channel posted photos and videos of the aircraft, made by passengers. There was no panic on them: all the people were sitting in their seats, someone was getting things out of their luggage or complaining that they were not explained the situation.
Mash said that at some point, the aircraft commander announced that the crew was allegedly waiting for refueling, which would take 15 minutes. Shortly thereafter, information appeared in the media about the arrest of the suspect and the first videos of the moment of arrest. The record shows how a group of security forces in masks and with pistols requires one of the passengers to lie down on the ground. At the same time, the situation on board is calm – many people filmed what was happening on the phones, and in the end they slapped the police.
During the operation, no one was hurt. For passengers liner sent a backup aircraft. Judging by the online scoreboard on the Aeroflot website, the Surgut-Moscow flight was delayed by more than 10 hours. He will arrive at his destination on the night of January 23. According to “Rain”, immediately after landing, the plane was driven off to the farthest stop from the airport building.
Who is accused of emergency on board the aircraft
Initially, a Tass source reported that “hooligan actions” were recorded on board. At the same time, the REN-TV channel claimed that the plane was captured by an “armed man”. According to Interfax, the perpetrator of the emergency is a 41-year-old Russian citizen. The agency source said that the passenger may be mentally ill. Previously, he had already been involved for drunken administrative violations.
REN-TV named the passenger’s first and last name – Pavel Shapovalov, and also published two pictures of a man. “I was held accountable in the case of non-payment of alimony, about thefts and traffic violations,” the suspect is described. However, the Telegram channel Life Shot reported that its journalists had contacted the company where the man depicted in the pictures works. He is with a girlfriend in Thailand and is not associated with what happened aboard Aeroflot.
REN-TV and Mash also wrote that during the arrest they found a gun at the suspect. Allegedly, in one of the videos of eyewitnesses, you can see how the security official takes away weapons from Shapovalov. This information is also not confirmed.The same scene, but from a different angle
According to Mash, the suspect Shapovalov is from Ugut village in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. He allegedly recently lived with his relatives and worked as a forester, but after the conflict at work, he quit his job and became conspiratorial.
How authorities and officials responded
UK initiated a criminal case into the hijacking of an aircraft with the threat of violence. According to preliminary data, the weapon was not found in the detainee. He faces from seven to twelve years in prison.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The investigative committee opened a criminal case under clause “c” of part two of Article 211 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Hijacking an aircraft involving the threat of violence”) on the actions of a passenger in flight SU1515. This is reported on the site office.[/perfectpullquote]
The man’s identity was established – this is a resident of Surgut, previously convicted of damage to property. TASS source said that he will be checked for sanity. Investigation Committee also published an excerpt from interrogating the suspect. He could not explain his actions: “To be honest, I didn’t have to go there.”
The official representative of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, Andrei Przhezdomsky, noted that the aircraft commander had made the right decision about the emergency landing.
At the airport of Surgut , it was reported that all safety requirements for flight inspection were met, the airport was operating normally. The Ural Transport Prosecutor’s Office has promised to verify compliance with the safety law by the airport of Surgut.