The court ruled that pilots Tahir Akhmerov and Alexei Kurilovich violated air traffic and helicopter exploitation rules. Commander of an air wing Akhmerov, who piloted the helicopter when it crashed, was sentenced to four years in a prison camp and prohibited to fly aircraft for three years afterwards. Alexei Kurilovich was sentenced to three years (suspended) with a two-year probation. The court passed a mild sentence on him because he had been badly injured in the crash and has a minor child.
The crash took place on April 28th, 2002 in the foothills in the southern part of the region. Experts concluded that the Mi-8 crashed when the pilots sent the helicopter up in an attempt to avoid high-tension lines.