A French billionaire aviation industrialist and member of parliament has died in a helicopter crash together with the pilot, authorities mentioned.
Olivier Dassault, 69, was inheritor to a robust household enterprise empire that made Falcon non-public jets and Rafale fighter planes and owned many different companies together with Le Figaro newspaper.
A judicial inquiry for eventual manslaughter fees is underway after Sunday’s crash within the city of Touques in Normandy, in response to the regional prosecutor’s workplace in Lisieux.
The French nationwide air accident investigation company, the BEA, mentioned the Airbus AS350 helicopter crashed simply after takeoff from a non-public airfield.
BEA investigators have been touring to the positioning Monday.
Forbes journal listed Olivier Dassault as one of many world’s high 500 richest folks in 2020.
He held govt positions on the family-owned Dassault Group in addition to serving within the decrease home of parliament as a lawmaker from the conservative Republicans celebration since 2002.
President Emmanuel Macron paid homage in a tweet to a “captain of trade, parliament member, native elected chief, air drive reserve officer” and mentioned, “his brutal loss of life is a good loss.”