Final breakfast of only woman killed on Prigozhin’s jet: Stewardess’ last post from airport lounge while she waited for ‘mystery repairs’ to be carried out on the plane
The final photo taken by the only woman who was killed when Wagner Group Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane crashed has been revealed.
Flight attendant Kristina Raspopova posted a picture of her last meal on Twitter before boarding the doomed flight.
Ms Raspopova, along with ten other people made up of seven passengers and three crew, was killed when the private jet crashed on August 23.
Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin was on the passenger list of the Embraer-135 (EBM-135BJ) flight from Moscow to St Petersburg
The stewardess had reportedly told family members the plane was delayed due to a technical inspection and undisclosed repairs.
Flight attendant Kristina Raspopova was killed amid the crash of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s private jet on August 23, 2023
This Twitter image posted before her death was Ms Raspopova’s last breakfast
A look at the aftermath of when the private jet crashed, killing all ten people onboard
The crash on Wednesday in the Tver region, north-west of the capital Moscow, comes on the same day that Russian general Sergei Surovikin was reportedly sacked as air force chief.
Mr Prigozhin led an aborted mutiny against Russia’s armed forces in June.
According to Russia’s state-run news agency Interfax, all ten bodies were recovered.
US officials have claimed that the plane crash alleged to have killed Prigozhin and Wagner Group co-founder Dmitry Utkin was likely caused by a surface-to-air missile.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter, stressed that the information was still preliminary and under review.
Their assessment contradicts that of several independent Russian outlets, who argued the explosion was likely caused by a bomb placed on board.
Russian outlet Baza, publishing schematics of the plane, pointed to a service compartment near the bathroom in the tail section of the aircraft behind the wings represented an ideal place to conceal a bomb.
The plane, which had Prigozhin named as a passenger on its flight list, was later reported to be engulfed in fire, as images on social media claimed to show the wreckage
A Russian serviceman inspects a part of a crashed private jet near the village of Kuzhenkino, Tver region, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the 15th BRICS Summit via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, 24 August 2023
This frame grab taken from a video on the Telegram account of razgruzka_vagnera on August 22, 2023, shows the leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group Yevgeny Prigozhin
Private jet pilot Alexey Levshin, killed in 23 August 2023 crash