Moscow (Web Desk/Agencies): At least 10 people, including the chief of mercenary group Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin, were reportedly killed when their plane crashed north of Moscow.
In a statement, Russian Emergencies Ministry said that the aircraft, flying from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, came down near the village of Kuzhenkino killing all on board.
Federal Agency for Air Transport started an investigation into the crash of the plane crash in the Tver.
"An investigation into the Embraer plane crash that occurred in the Tver Region this evening has been launched. According to the passenger list, the first and last name of Yevgeny Prigozhin was included in this list," the agency was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.
The news agency reported that the plane caught fire on hitting the ground, adding that "four bodies had already been found," however, it is not immediately clear whether the Wagner chief's body has been found.
Prigozhin was a key ally of President Putin but their relationship soured after the Wagner chief staged a failed mutiny against Russia's military leaders in June.