Co-pilot Segey Golev, who was aboard a UTair Boeing 757 flying from Bangkok to Novosibirsk in Western Siberia, died of a heart attack, transport prosecutors said on Friday.
Sergei Golev, 44, was attacked in the cockpit and died despite all attempts at resuscitation – even a cardiologist who was among the passengers on the flight failed to revive him.
Fortunately, the 239 passengers aboard the UTair Boeing 757 landed safely in Novosibirsk despite the death of Sergei Golev.
The captain tried to make an emergency landing in the Chinese city of Chengdu, but gave it up because Sergei Golev died before the plane landed.
Senior investigator Anastasia Utochkina told Life News: “The co-pilot died at 12:25, Novosibirsk time (17:25 GMT), three hours after takeoff.
“The captain decided to get off while the crew called the tent for a woman who happened to be among the passengers.
“However, her attempts to revive the man lying on the cockpit floor failed.”
Airport officials insist that the co-pilot traveled only as a passenger and in no way and at no time controlled the plane.
Irina Levitt, press officer at Novosibirsk Airport: “The deceased pilot was traveling as an ordinary passenger.
“The plane belongs to the UTair airline, where Sergei Golev was appointed. There was no threat to the passengers. “
Sergei Golev was a member of the crew – a reserve pilot, ironically charged to replace a crew member in case he fell ill.
Russia’s Transport Authority’s investigation department has launched an investigation into the case in an attempt to find out the cause of the accident.