New footage could be evidence of a mid-air explosion.
On 23 August 2023, an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet, reportedly en route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, crashed near Kuzhenkino in Tver Oblast, Russia, killing ten people, including Prigozhin and three crew members.
According to new videos, it looks a wing was already separated from the fuselage when the plane hit the ground.
A large piece of the left wing and part of the main landing gear of the Embraer ERJ-135 aircraft (reg. RA-02795) have been recovered.
This large piece fell 3 km from the crash site into the river Lodyzhenka, a possible indication of an explosion before impact.
The aircraft was logged by FlightRadar24 taking off from Moscow at 5.46pm local time (15.46 UK), and climbing to a cruising altitude of 28,000 ft, outside the range of many small anti-aircraft missiles.
Thirty-three minutes into the flight, while about a mile south of the village of Kuzhenkino in the Tver region, the aircraft rapidly lost altitude and lost contact.
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In this video footage, the airplane seems to be missing either its vertical stabilizer or one of its wings.
These indications could mean an internal explosion caused by a bomb onboard or an air-air missile.
A few hundred meters from the crash site, part the tail of the plane was found,
A preliminary U.S. intelligence assessment concluded that the plane was downed by an intentional explosion.
The Embraer Legacy 600 involved in the crash was produced in 2007 by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. It was originally registered as a Slovenian airplane under S5-ALS and then changed operators several times.
Prior to Prigozhin’s purchase, it was registered in the Isle of Man as M-SAAN, and was owned by Autolex Transport. It was registered by Wagner in September 2020.