The grenades were most likely planted while the plane was being prepared for departure, Merited Pilot of Russia Yevgeny Serikh said in an interview with RIA Novosti on October 6.
“If they (passengers) were carrying these grenades with them, they [the grenades] would have been confiscated, because it is in no way allowed to carry this in their luggage,” Sedykh said.
He also noted that the question of how the grenades could have appeared on board the plane in the first place should be put to the investigators.
Relying on videos taken by eyewitnesses of the incident, which show that the wreckage of the plane fell at right angles and one of the wings was torn off, Sedykh suggested that the explosion occurred in the middle of the cabin, near the place where the wing is attached to the fuselage.
“The explosion must have been powerful enough and, most likely, directional enough for the wing to fall off,” he said.
Sedykh also noted that such an explosion could not have resulted from the detonation of just one grenade. At the very least, there must have been several grenades.
“I assume that one grenade will not tear off the wing. Obviously, it was something bigger that exploded. Or several grenades,” he emphasized.
The pilot also assured that with such damage, there was no chance for the crew.
“There were no chances after the wing fell off, already unequivocally no chances. The fact that there are cartoons shown on TV with some sports planes landing with one wing… The crew had no chances,” concluded Sedykh.
On October 5, Vladimir Putin said that there was no external impact on the plane Prigozhin, and grenade fragments were found in the bodies of the victims.
On August 23, a private plane Embraer Legacy, on board of which there were 10 people, including the head of the Wagner Group Evgeny Prigozhin, crashed. All 10 people were killed. The aircraft was on a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency