FlightRadar24 flight tracking data shows that the plane carrying Prigozhin, the founder of the private Russian military company Wagner, was severely low before it crashed.
Ian Petchenick, director of communications for flight-tracking site Flightradar24, said the plane “suddenly went down vertically”.
Flight tracking site Flightradar24 stated that the Embraer Legacy 600 stopped transmitting position data at 6:11 pm local time, possibly due to “interference/interference in the field”.
However, the jet continued to transmit other data for the next 9 minutes.
The Russian Air Transport Agency confirmed that Yevgeny Prigozhin was among the passengers of the plane that crashed in Russia’s Tver region on 23 August. Photo: The Guardian
Flightradar24 said the data collected by the website showed that the aircraft was stalled at an altitude of over 8,500 meters and had some slight fluctuations in altitude.
Data obtained at the last minute showed that the aircraft was pitching up and down erratically, at one point climbing to an altitude of over 9,000 metres.
Then, at 6:19 pm local time on August 23, data showed that the plane’s descent rate was as fast as about 2,500 meters per minute. Within approximately 30 seconds, the aircraft suddenly descended at a speed of approximately 2,500 m above cruise altitude, before altitude data transmission ceased.
The clip shows the plane suspected to be carrying Boss Wagner suddenly descending
FlightRadar24 comments: “Although the aircraft does not transmit position information, other data such as altitude, speed, vertical speed and autopilot settings are transmitted. It is this data that provides some details about the final moments of flight” .
Mr. Ian Petchenik told the news agency reuters: “It happened immediately. They could have struggled with the plane after whatever happened. But prior to the crash, there was no indication that there was a problem with the plane.”
Officials are continuing to investigate the matter. Photo: Reuters
according to the company reutersA video shows the plane descending rapidly with its nose almost straight.
Another video shows a huge plume of smoke rising from the burning debris. Witnesses shared on social media that they heard a huge explosion at the moment the plane crashed.
Russian officials say they have launched an investigation to find out what happened. Some unnamed sources told Russian media that the plane was shot down by one or more surface-to-air missiles. However, the news agency reuters This information has not been confirmed.
Boss Wagner suspected to be on board at plane crash site