Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Three bodies found in plane crash that killed Russian tycoon

Three bodies found in plane crash that killed Russian tycoon

The police statement said the passengers would probably be positively identified only in the coming week.

Natalia Fileva, who was the chairwoman and majority shareholder in S7 Airlines, was estimated to be worth $600 million (Dh2.2 billion) by the Russian edition of Forbes magazine.

German police earlier said that there appeared to be three people aboard the six-seater aircraft, including the pilot of the flight.

Russian specialists have launched an investigation into the crash.

Natalia Fileva, 55, was identified by the company she co-owns, she is a co-owner of Russia's largest private airline S7, the company said in a statement.

Russian airline S7 Group said co-owner Natalia Fileva was aboard the single-engine, six-seat Epic LT aircraft that crashed and burned Sunday afternoon in a field as it approached the small airport at the German town of Egelsbach near Frankfurt. Egelsbach is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Frankfurt.

"The team of the S7 Group expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends".

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All three people on board the private S7 flight from Cannes in France, including Fileva's father, were confirmed to have died in the crash. "It is an irreparable loss", a company statement said, according to the AP.

A damaged police auto is seen next to a road in Langen near Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, March 31, 2019.

The Associate Press adds that the ES7 Group has a base at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport and is flying to 150 destinations in 35 countries, using 56 Airbus and 23 Boeing.

A police vehicle, responding to the plane crash, crashed in the front with another auto, where three policemen were severely injured, and the two passengers in the other vehicle were killed. The police officers were seriously injured.

Two more people are believed to have died in a collision with a police vehicle which was responding to the scene.

Three occupants in the police auto were injured.

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