After Wagner Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane crashed in Russia on Wednesday, ending his life along with none others on the aircraft, a channel linked to his group has reported that the plane was shot down by air defenses.
Was Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane shot down?
Daily Mail reported this rumor which has not been confirmed yet. What is confirmed, however, is that Prigozhin, who led his Wagner Group to launch a failed coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, has died in the crash that happened in the Bologovsky district in the Tver region.
The following video shows the plane, which was an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet, falling toward the ground and the burning wreckage was spotted in a field later. Sources close to him said that the aircraft belonged to him. But he is known to frequent a different plane when he flew.
The plane was carrying 10 people onboard at the time of the crash, including three crew members. All of them have died in the crash, Russia’s emergency ministry said, according to state newswire RIA Novosti. Russian officials said that a man with Prigozhin’s name was among the passengers. They refrained from elaborating further.
Former Russian Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak failed to confirmed whether Prigozhin has died in the crash when he confirmed the plane crash.
Prigozhin, 62, gained worldwide popularity after he led a coup against Putin’s regime two months ago. After the coup was short-lived, he was told that his life was in danger. As a result, it was a well known fact that he used to take huge care over his security.
He used body doubles as part of his elaborate security measures. He also took care not to go into high buildings for the fear of “accidents.”