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S7 aircraft (photo: Engineering / S7 Group)

S7 owner killed in plane crash

One of Russia’s richest women, co-owner of oneworld member S7, has been killed in a light aircraft crash in southern Germany.

Natalia Fileva, a co-owner of the Russian airline S7, was killed yesterday when a light aircraft she was on crashed in a field south of Frankfurt, south-western Germany.

One of Russia’s richest women, Fileva died along with two other people, a fellow passenger and the pilot, both also believed to be Russian.

The accident, the cause of which has yet to be determined, involved a six-seater aircraft that was flying from Cannes in southern France to the town of Egelsbach, south of Frankfurt.

The Epic LT Dynasty, a single-engine turboprop, disappeared from radars on Sunday afternoon.

Compounding the tragedy, a police car racing along a rural road to the scene crashed at high speed with another vehicle, killing two people and seriously injuring three police officers, the news agency dpa reports.

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S7, also known as Siberia Airlines, is a oneworld alliance member and carried around 10 million passengers last year. Fileva’s husband Vladislav Filev is S7’s chief executive.

“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 Frankfurt airport. The cause of the tragedy is not yet known,” the company said in a statement.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the light aircraft belonged to Globus Airlines, an S7 subsidiary.

“The private plane was in final approach of the runway 08 of EDFE. The aircraft impacted an asparagus field in Erzhausen under unknown circumstances and was destroyed by the post-crash fire, the wreckage was scattered over 20 metres, and the three occupants, one pilot and two passengers, Russian national, received fatal injuries,” Aviation Safety Network writes.

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