Russian billionaire dies in plane crash

Russia – The head of the biggest domestic airline in Russia has died in a private plane crash.

Natalia Fileva, the chairwoman and co-owner of S7 Airlines, whose formal name is PJSC Siberia Airlines, was killed when a private jet she was travelling in crashed near Frankfurt, in Germany on Sunday.

Fileva, 55, was the majority shareholder in S7 Airlines, a member of the Oneworld alliance, and the largest non-government-owned airline in Russia. She owned the airline in company with her husband Vladislav, who is the CEO. The airline was founded in 1957.

The single-engineEpic-Lt, jet designed for private flights, crashed when landing at Egelsbach airport on Sunday, the airline said in a statement.

It is understood the flight had originated from Cannes in France. According to Flightradar24 the plane crashed at 1322 GMT.

It is understood there were two other people on board the plane.

“The investigation of the incident will be conducted by an international commission in the prescribed manner with the participation of the Russian aviation authorities,” the company statement said.

“The team of the S7 Group expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends. The company’s employees will always remember Natalia Valeryevna as a bright, caring leader and a wonderful person. This is an irreparable loss for the whole team,” S7 added.