A jet belonging to Wagner Group chief executive Yevgeny Prigozhin, an Embraer Legacy 600, crashed near Tver on Wednesday afternoon after it took off from Moscow.
The tragic incident claimed the lives of ten people including Yevgeny Prigozhin. According to a Russian official, “The Embraer airplane was on the way from Sheremetyevo to St. Petersburg. There were three pilots and seven passengers on board. All of them died.”
Several videos of the crash have circulated on social media, depicting an aircraft emitting smoke, potentially in a state of disarray, and possibly with one of its wings compromised, spiraling out of control. Additionally, there have been unverified videos showing the wreckage of the aircraft engulfed in flames.
Remarkably, a portion of the tail section suggests that the aircraft involved is the Legacy 600 with registration RA-02795, which is reportedly utilized by the leader of the mercenary group.
According to information from a Russian agency, the aircraft had taken off less than half an hour before the incident and subsequently caught fire upon impact with the ground. FlightRadar24 data indicates that the Legacy 600 was already at an altitude of over 12,000 feet, situated to the northwest of Moscow before the unfortunate event unfolded.
According to flightradar24, despite being equipped with ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), this aircraft was tracked using MLAT (Multilateration) technology, which was probably necessitated by GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) interference or jamming in the vicinity.
The Embraer Legacy 600 is a business jet variant derived from the Embraer ERJ 145 family of commercial jet aircraft. This particular aircraft, known as the Legacy 600 (with its market designation adopted after 2005), is based on the ERJ-135 model. Its debut took place in the year 2000 at the Farnborough Airshow under the name “Legacy 2000.”
The Legacy 600 is designed to accommodate 13 passengers, featuring three separate sections, and has a range of approximately 3,050 nautical miles (5,650 km; 3,510 mi). Alternatively, it can carry up to 8 passengers while extending its range to about 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km; 3,970 mi).