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One of Russia’s richest women dies in a plane crash

The two passengers are believed to be Russian citizens but that final identification of the occupants would require further investigation.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 1 April 2019 4:55 AM GMT

One of Russia’s richest women dies in a plane crash
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Moscow: Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women and S7 Group co-owner, died on Sunday, 31 March, in a plane crash in Germany, the airline operator said.

The airline said in an email that this 55 year old lady was aboard a single-engine, six-seat Epic LT aircraft that crashed and burned in a field as it reached the small airport at Egelsbach, a town in southwestern Germany, at about 3:30 pm.

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The burnt out debris of a small aircraft lies on a field near the Egelsbach airport near Frankfurt, Germany, which crashed on approach to the airport. According to the German police, there appeared to be three people aboard the plane, including the pilot of the flight, which originated in France.

The two passengers are believed to be Russian citizens but that final identification of the occupants would require further investigation.

German aviation authorities are examining the cause of the crash. Egelsbach is about 10 kilometres (six miles) south of Frankfurt.

Fileva Co-Owned Russian Airline S7.

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The business publication Forbes.ru estimated Fileva's fortune at $600 million.

"S7 Group team extends sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mrs Fileva's family and loved ones," the company said in a statement.

Mourning over the loss, they further added, "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."

With a base at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, S7 is part of the Oneworld alliance and flies to 150 destinations in 35 countries, using 56 Airbus planes and 23 aircraft from Boeing.

The deceased lady’s husband, Vladislav Fileva, is listed as chairman of the company's board of directors, according to the company's third-quarter 2018 financial statement on its website.

Reports also include that two other people died in a traffic collision related to the plane crash. A police vehicle that was responding to the plane crash was struck head-on by another vehicle. Three police officers were seriously hurt, while both occupants of the other car perished.

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(PTI)

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