- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Tragedy Strikes as Business Jet Carrying 10 People, Including Head of Wagner Group, Crashes in Tver Region
In a harrowing incident that sent shockwaves through the aviation and business communities, a business jet crashed in the Tver Region on August 23, claiming the lives of all 10 people on board. Among the victims was Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the notorious private military company, Wagner Group. The crash was reported by the reputable TASS news agency, relying on official sources, and has prompted an intensive investigation into the circumstances leading to the catastrophic event.
The aircraft, identified as an Embraer model, had departed from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport en route to St. Petersburg. Onboard were three crew members and seven passengers, all of whom tragically perished in the crash. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s press division released a solemn statement confirming the grim fate of each individual on the ill-fated flight.
The crash site, situated near the village of Kuzhenkyno within the Tver region, approximately halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, became a focal point of rescue and recovery efforts. As investigations continue, authorities have successfully recovered the remains of four victims from the wreckage. The aircraft, which had been airborne for less than half an hour, caught fire upon impact with the ground, further exacerbating the devastation.
This incident has reverberated across Russia, as well as within the international community, given the high-profile nature of some of the victims, particularly Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose Wagner Group has gained infamy for its alleged involvement in various conflicts. The crash has raised questions about the safety and regulation of private air travel, as well as the potential implications for organizations associated with the victims.
As authorities work tirelessly to uncover the underlying causes of this tragedy, the aviation industry, regulatory bodies, and private jet operators may face increased scrutiny to prevent future occurrences of such catastrophic events. The loss of lives in this crash is a stark reminder of the importance of stringent safety measures and thorough oversight in the world of private aviation.
Article by Prague Forum