Posted 23 августа 2023,, 16:37

Published 23 августа 2023,, 16:37

Modified 24 августа 2023,, 07:20

Updated 24 августа 2023,, 07:20

Prigozhin and the head of Wagner Utkin were the passengers of the crashed plane in the Tver region

Prigozhin and the head of Wagner Utkin were the passengers of the crashed plane in the Tver region

23 августа 2023, 16:37
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, ten people were killed in the crash.

A business jet flying from the Moscow region crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino. Before the fall, eyewitnesses heard two strong bangs. The crashed aircraft has the tail number RA-02795. The board with this number belongs to Evgeny Prigozhin. Rosaviation reports that Prigozhin himself was on the passenger list of the plane that crashed. According to one version, the cause of the explosion on board the plane was a terrorist attack.

The bodies of four victims have been found, but the Baza telegram channel reports seven dead — everyone who was on board at the time of the crash was killed. The Ministry of Emergency Situations clarified that the victims of the disaster were ten people — three of them crew members.

In addition, according to telegram channels, the commander of the Wagner PMCS Dmitry Utkin was also on board, but there is no official confirmation of this.

According to the information associated with the Wagner PMCs, the channel claims that Prigozhin's plane was shot down by air defense means (such a bold assumption needs, of course, strong evidence — ed.).

Before disappearing from the radar at 18 hours 11 minutes, the plane was at an altitude of 8.5 km. He was flying at a speed of more than 500 km per hour. Analysts point to the absence of malfunctions on board, due to which the liner could gradually lose speed and altitude. A deadly emergency occurred, probably right in the air. This is also reported by eyewitnesses.

Another plane, also belonging to Prigozhin, turns over the Moscow region and heads to the airport.

The press service of the governor of the Tver region reports that the collapsed side was civilian. The authorities have not yet provided information about the dead or injured. State Duma deputy Yevgeny Popov said that what happened was «a terrorist attack in the Russian sky», which should be investigated, and the perpetrators should answer.

On 20.28, the Readovka edition writes, referring to its own source, that at the moment the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin as a result of the plane crash is not confirmed. His fate remains unknown. Reports of Prigozhin's death are premature. Information about his death, as well as the death of Dmitry Utkin, cannot be verified at the moment. The source of «Fontanka» indicates that the inner circle can not get through to Prigozhina.

Yevgeny Prigozhin could be on another plane. Previously, for the purposes of conspiracy, the businessman regularly confused everyone. According to the source, Prigozhin allegedly registered on one side, and at that time boarded another plane. At the same time, business jets are carefully checked before landing. And if the passenger is not, then this is noted in a special sheet. On departure, there are cameras in the Vnukovo-3 VIP lounge and you can see who comes out of the hall onto the airfield. Journalist Andrey Zakharov says that Prigozhin really flew to Russia from Africa, and with him was the entire command staff of the PMCS «Wagner».

Journalists working with aviation topics note that the Federal Air Transport Agency atypically quickly confirmed the presence of Prigozhin among the passengers of the crashed liner.

As the BRIEF source indicates, the structures of the Wagner PMCs bought the Embraer (ERJ-135) that crashed today in September 2020.

Recall that Prigozhin has already been declared dead after the crash. The first time was on October 13, 2019 in the Congo.

The crashed Embraer plane, which belonged to Prigozhin, is considered reliable and safe — expert Pavel Aksenov. In the whole history, the only catastrophe happened to him. On September 29, 2006 in Brazil, when an Embarer collided in the air with a Boeing 737 airliner. Boeing crashed, killing 154 people — Embarer was able to land.

There is still unconfirmed information that at the very last moment a gift in the form of a box of expensive wine was loaded on board Prigozhin. And now they are working out the version that there could have been a bomb in this box.