The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in Russia last week, which killed all four occupants, including Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Saak Karapetyan, was shot to death prior to losing control of the aircraft, according to law enforcement.
The holes in the body of Stanislav Mikhnov were left with 5.45 caliber bullets. One of them pierced the pilot's shoulder blade.
Previously, difficult weather conditions were called the preliminary cause of the tragedy, because of which the pilot lost control.
Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko refuted the law enforcement insider’s account, saying it was untrue and “No gunshot wounds were found on any of the victims of the crash.”
As previously written by The CrimeRussia, the Eurocopter AS-350 B3 helicopter crashed in the Soligalichsky district of the Kostroma region on Wednesday, October 3. Four people were killed, including a friend of Saak Karapetyan, a former law enforcement officer, Arek Karapetyan, a pilot Stanislav Mikhnov, and a local resident Victor Kopteyev. The passengers of the helicopter flew to the Vologda region. According to the preliminary version, the helicopter caught on the tree branches because of poor visibility. The investigative committee opened a criminal case on violation of the rules for traffic safety and operation of air transport, entailing the death of two or more persons (part 3 of article 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Karapetyan reportedly set up the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between senior members of the Trump campaign and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, according to The Daily Beast.
The publication also noted that Karapetyan was “from the same rogue department that was apparently responsible for offering intel on Hillary Clinton to be shared at the Trump Tower meeting and the Kremlin’s further plots to influence U.S. politics.”