3 die in plane crash near Frankfurt

Minnie Murray
April 3, 2019

She was said to be the head of S7's board of directors, helping to make it Russia's largest domestic airline and a competitor to flag carrier Aeroflot.

"On March 31, 2019, S7 Airlines shareholder Natalia Fileva was killed at the age of 55 during the descent in a private Epic-LT plane to (a) Frankfurt airport". It disappeared from radars at 13:22 GMT (15:22 local time), according to flight tracker Flightradar24.

The cause of the crash has not yet been identified, S7 said.

Besides Fileva, a pilot and another Russian citizen also died in the accident, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

The German aviation authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

Natalia's former company said: "The S7 Group holding team expresses deepest condolences to the family and friends".

The tragedy took place on Sunday, when Fileva and her father flew to Germany on board a private Epic-LT jet. It is an irreparable loss.

Business magazine Forbes estimates Natalia Filleva's wealth at $ 600 million.

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.

The pilot signed off with German air traffic control and began a visual final approach, about eight minutes before impact, an aviation spokesman said.

S7, which Fileva ran with her husband, was part of an airline group in Russian Federation which carried around 16 million passengers in 2018.

A police vehicle, which was rushing to the scene of the plane crash, collided head-on with another auto.

Meanwhile two other people died when a police vehicle travelling to the scene of the crash collided with another auto near the airport.

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