- Airline tycoon Natalia Fileva, one of Russia’s richest women, died in a plane crash in Germany, her company S7 has said.
- A small, six seater plane carrying Fileva crashed in a field as it prepared to land in Egelsbach, close to Frankfurt, on Sunday.
- A pilot and another Russian citizen also died in the accident.
- Fileva’s fortune was estimated at around $670 million.
Russian airline tycoon Natalia Fileva died in a private plane crash in Germany on Sunday, her company has said. As the co-owner of the Russia’s major S7 Group, Fileva was one of the country’s richest women, according to the BBC.
The 55-year-old was aboard a plane set to land in Egelsbach, six miles south of Frankfurt, when the aircraft, a small, six-seater crashed in a field, S7 told The Associated Press (AP).
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau reported.
“The memory of her as an inspiring and sympathetic leader and a wonderful person will forever stay in the hearts of all S7 Group employees. It is an irreparable loss,” a company statement said, according to the AP.
Fileva’s fortune was worth about $670 million, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. She ran S7, Russia’s second biggest airline, with her husband Vladislav Filev, Bloomberg reported.
The company is mainly focused on airline travel, but also invests in the aerospace industry, recently buying a SeaLaunch platform in an attempt to rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Besides Fileva, a pilot and another Russian citizen also died in the accident, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. Russian media said that the other passenger is believed to be Fileva’s father, according to DW.
Police said the bodies will only formally be identified next week.
The plane was not under the jurisdiction of the German air traffic control at the time of the accident, an official told the newspaper. About eight minutes before the plane crashed at 3:30 p.m. the pilot followed the usual procedure of signing off with German air traffic control to connect with the Egelsbach airport tower, the official added.
Two others were killed in relation to the crash, after a police car rushing to the scene collided with another vehicle, DW reported.