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IN BRIEF: Prigozhin listed as passenger on private jet that crashed north of Moscow

According to preliminary data, all 10 people onboard were killed
Yevgeny Prigozhin Lev Borodin/TASS
Yevgeny Prigozhin
© Lev Borodin/TASS

MOSCOW, August 23. /TASS/. 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 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.

- No casualties were reported on the ground from the plane crash, a representative of the Bologoye District emergency service said

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

- The Russian aviation agency is investigating the crash.

- 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.

- Tver Region Governor Igor Rudenya has taken the investigation under his personal supervision.