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Details emerge: Prigozhin's second plane flies to Azerbaijan

Details emerge: Prigozhin's second plane flies to Azerbaijan Yevgeny Prigozhin (Photo: Russian media)
Author: Daria Shekina

The second plane, which some Russian media associate with the leader of the Wagner mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has no connection to the group and never had any, according to Sergey Trifonov, the CEO of the airline operator Jetica, cited by The Guardian.

Russian media primarily associated with the "Sira Zona" ("Grey Zone") Telegram channel linked to the Wagner Group, have connected the second business jet with the registration number RA-02748 to the group of mercenaries and reported that it was also in the air during the crash.

However, the aircraft operator, the Russian company Jetica LLC, denies any such connection.

"Neither the plane itself nor its passengers are related to Wagner and never have been," Jetica’s CEO Sergey Trifonov told Reuters

According to Trifonov, this plane was not leased, although he declined to reveal its owner.

RA-02748 landed in St. Petersburg on Wednesday evening after departing from Moscow. The plane, believed to have Prigozhin on board, had an accident, flight tracking data shows. Approximately 20 minutes later, it flew back to Moscow.

Prigozhin's death

According to Russian aviation authorities Prigozhin was aboard a private Embraer jet, which crashed on Wednesday evening northwest of Moscow, resulting in no survivors.

The investigation has yet to identify the ten individuals who were on board the aircraft. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin extended his condolences to their families.

For more detailed information about the plane crash, you can read RBC-Ukraine material.