Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is listed among the 10 passengers on board a plane that crashed just north of Moscow, Russia, according to a Russian state media statement reported by CNN. Officials say an investigation has been launched into what brought down the Embraer aircraft in the Tver region northeast of Moscow on Wednesday.
Wagner Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin Dead In Plane Crash
All 10 people on board, including three crew members are believed to be dead. State media reportedly says the plane “burned up” on impact after being in the air for about an hour and a half.”
CNN says flight data showed the Embraer Legacy, which was registered to Prigozhin, at a cruising altitude on its way to St. Petersburg over the Tver region after departing from a Moscow airport. That, of course, was before data transmission of speed and altitude stopped at 6:11 p.m. local time.
Additionally, the Committee says an investigation team is on the way to the scene. “All the necessary forensic examinations will be appointed, a set of investigative actions will be carried out to establish the causes of the crash.
Video circulating social media shows the plane on fire and breaking apart in the air before it crashes into the ground.