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Victims in Friday's plane crash identified

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Victims in Friday's plane crash identified
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11:06 CET+01:00
The cause of a private plane crash in the western German state of Hesse on Friday remains unknown, but authorities have identified the five victims, the Bild newspaper reported.

One of the victims, the plane's pilot, was a 52-year-old German textile millionaire, who lived in London. The 53-year-old head of retail chain C&A's Austrian operations was also killed, as was a woman, 43, from Mönchengladbach.

The other victims were an American and a 27-year-old woman from Ukraine.

Police are still baffled by the the accident. Bild reported that the pilot had radio contact with a control tower and appeared calm and concentrated.

He was flying the Cessna 750 Citation X, worth about €11 million, in a straight line with no signs of trouble.

The paper speculates that a cloud bank may have suddenly appeared and surprised the pilot.

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