Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is dead

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An Embraer-135 private jet crashed in the Tver Region north of Moscow on Wednesday. All 10 people onboard were killed, according to preliminary data. Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin was listed as a passenger, the Russian aviation agency said, TASS informs.

TASS has put together some key facts about the crash.

What happened:

– An Embraer-135 jet crashed near the Kuzhenkino settlement in the Tver Region north of Moscow, near the M-10 highway.

– The jet was carrying three crew (two pilots and a flight attendant) and seven passengers. They were all killed.

The plane’s destination:

– The aircraft was heading from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to St. Petersburg. It had received a permit for the use of air space.

– The plane was owned by the MNT-Aero company, which specializes in providing private jet services.

– The list of passengers includes such members of the private military company Wagner as Yevgeny Prigozhin, Dmitry Utkin and Valery Chekalov, the Russian aviation agency said.

Official reaction:

– A team of Russian Investigative Committee investigators has been dispatched to the crash site. First responders are working at the scene.

– The Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation started a criminal investigation of an offense under Russian Criminal Code Article 263, looking into potential violations of air transportation safety and operation rules.

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