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Airline owner dies in plane crash

Accident claims life of one of Russia’s richest women

The co-owner of Russia’s second biggest airline was killed after her private jet crashed while landing at Egelsbach airport, near Frankfurt. 


Image Valery Titievsky/AP


One of Russia's richest women and the major shareholder in S7, Natalia Fileva had flown from Cannes, France to Germany, the carrier stated.  


S7, which is also known as Siberian Airlines, says the cause of the crash is not yet known, the BBC reported.


According to German media, local authorities said another passenger and the pilot also perished in the accident.


"The S7 Group holding team expresses deepest condolences to the family and significant others," the company said.


Ms Fileva, 55, had wealth valued at US$600 million, Forbes magazine reported.


In a tragic twist, two other people were killed when a police car on its way to the scene of the crash hit another vehicle near the airport. DPA reported that the three police officers suffered serious injuries. 


S7 flies to 181 cities in 26 countries, and is the main competitor to Russian flag carrier Aeroflot.


In 2015 it was named the world’s most punctual airline.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 1 April 2019

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